How Close Did Odell Beckham Jr. Come to Joining the Patriots?

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All last offseason, there was a ton of trade speculation surrounding starting New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

If the Giants want to trade the star wide receiver, the Patriots could be a prime landing spot.

In a recent interview with ProFootballTalk Live, Bleacher Report analyst and former quarterback Chris Simms revealed that the New England Patriots made the most aggressive push for Beckham in trade talks. "The New England Patriots were trying to get Odell Beckham Jr. all last offseason".

Chris Simms reports on @PFT_Live that the Giants nearly traded OBJ during the season...to the Patriots? But here's the big thing that I found out towards the end of the year, really, more than anything with Odell Beckham Jr.: The Giants were going to trade him, and I think they were really looking and listening to all offers.

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Beckham has been in communication with Tom Brady through social media for years, with the superstars frequently commenting on posts. The 49ers have had real interest in Beckham for almost a year; the only question is whether the Giants are willing to pull the trigger. Fox's Jay Glazer has issued a "bold prediction" that Beckham will be moved this offseason. You know what really stopped it?

Beckham, 26, signed a five-year, $90 million contract with the Giants in August. And I think this is going to shock people.

He also reported that the Los Angeles Rams had interest a year ago in trading for Beckham, but instead made a deal for Brandin Cooks with the Patriots. It's insane to think how good the Patriots could have been, though. The three-time Pro Bowl selection had 1,052 yards and six scores on 77 receptions in 12 games in 2018, while limited by a quad injury.

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