Free agent Odell Beckham Jr. asks Saquon Barkley to help facilitate a Giants reunion
With NFL free agency fully under way, Odell Beckham Jr. He is still in search of a team he will sign with at the value he feels he deserves. He believes New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley could help be the bridge to a potential meetup in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Barkley, who was the franchise tagged by the Giants after Quarterback Daniel Jones He was signed on a long-term basis, and video of Beckham was seen tweeting a quote of him going through a drill at the NFL’s Arizona showcase. There were reportedly 12 of them who showed up to see how the dynamic receiver was progressing from the torn ACL he suffered during Super Bowl LVI with the Los Angeles Rams.
Barkley tweeted with two emojis afterwards: “This is still MF.”
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Beckham responded to his friend and former teammate, who asked if he could speak to Giants GM Joe Schoen on his behalf.
“Tell Joe to call my agent,” Beckham said with a laughing emoji. “….I have more tasks left to do.”
Video per Beckham, it looked like the three-time Pro Bowler was moving quickly, making hard cuts, and still showing off his one-handed catches with ease.
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However, the 30-year-old remained unsigned and rumors of an astronomical asking price were debunked by the former Big Blue’s first round selection. It’s been said that Beckham wants $20 million a year on the open market, but that’s not the case, according to him.
Beckham did not play last season as he recovered from his injury in February 2022, despite rumors about Dallas Cowboys They were going to sign him before the end of the regular season in preparation for the playoffs.
However, after making visits with a few teams, including the Dallas team, it was determined that Beckham wasn’t quite ready yet. This particular outing in Arizona was to show the teams he’s ready for the 2023 campaign.
The Giants were among those teams that had their eye on Beckham, but they made some moves on the free agent front that might not work for Beckham.
Tight end Darren Waller was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders for a third round pick, and slot receiver Parris Campbell was acquired in free agency. The Giants also brought back Sterling Shepherd and Darius Slayton with new deals for next season.
While the Giants may still be searching for a number. One receiver, which Beckham proved he has when he spent five years in the blue and white, OverTheCap.com has only New York with an available starting quarterback of $3.8 million.
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Of course, Schwen and the front office have ways of changing that. They’ve reportedly done so with Waller’s contract absorbing it, and Leonard Williams has also indicated that he’s willing to talk about restructuring his $32.26 million cap.
Beckham may not think he needs $20 million per season, but he doesn’t seem ready to play with the veteran minimum either.
There’s still plenty of time until the new season starts, but most NFL teams want to make free agency moves before the NFL Draft in late April, so they know where rookie additions can be made.
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Beckham’s market has yet to materialize, but he’s certainly working hard to get a contract to sign him. Even if it means calling a friend.