There's no denying that Odell Beckham has had one of the stranger career arcs you'll see for a star wide receiver. He already appeared to be one of the game's best wideouts as a rookie, and he made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three NFL seasons.
Things fell off a cliff from there though, and he's been on that "old past-his-prime veteran jumping between teams" thing going on since he was around 28 years old.
But apparently no more mature for haivng experienced life with four different franchises, Beckham has decided it's the Giants' fault that he didn't become the star it seemed like he would.
"There's a semi bit of me that feels like the Giants sent me off, I've said it before, sent me off to Cleveland to die. .... [their] desire was to kind of f*** me over a little bit"- Odell Beckham
Beckham joined Marlon Humphrey on the Punch Line Podcast and opened up about his departure from the G-Men.
His take on it was that the Giants purposely accepted a worse trade offer than they could have got elsewhere just to send him to a place where he couldn't succeed. Seriously. He said "You can't tell me that was the best trade package we could have got for you ... your desire was to kind of f*** me over a little bit."
He thinks that he was so personally important to Dave Gettleman and the rest of the Giants' front office that they purposely sabotaged their team just to stick it to him. And that's saying nothing of the fact that Baker Mayfield was coming off an incredible rookie season and the Browns were being talked about like a dark horse AFC contender with the addition of Beckham to that offense.
If he had been the difference maker Cleveland wanted him to be, it suddenly wouldn't have looked like that was an offense where someone gets "sent off to die."
The fact that he even thinks that kind of drama is part of the way other people operate speaks volumes about his attitude. It's clear that all these post-Giants years have done nothing to make him more mature.
That first season in Cleveland was Beckham's best among the four he has played since leaving the Giants, so if he thinks Gettleman sabotaged him, then the sabotage he's done to himself since then has really been something else.
It will always pain Giants fans to think about the "what if?" scenarios with Beckham living up to his full potential, but every year he makes it increasingly clear that it simply never could have happened.
Both parties are much happier having Odell playing elsewhere.
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