The 3-1 New York Giants have kept busy after Sunday’s Week 4 win against the Chicago Bears. It was reported Monday, October 3 by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that the team hosted former Giants safety Landon Collins for a visit. It was a report that shocked the Giants news world, but it probably won’t come close to the reaction of the latest development.
According to CBS Sports NFL insider Josina Anderson, free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was in the Giants’ team facility on Monday.
The 29-year-old tore his ACL in the 2022 Super Bowl and is likely to make his return at the end of the 2022 season.
There have been months of speculation about a possible reunion between the two parties. Art Stapleton of The Record did confirm on September 27 that Beckham would not sign with the Giants when he is healthy enough to do so.
“I guess this needs to be pointed out this morning: Odell Beckham Jr. is not coming back to the Giants,” Stapleton wrote on Twitter. “He’s rooting for them and desperately wanted to be the guy here, but he’s not coming back, not right now. When he returns from the ACL, likely in November, it won’t be here.”
Following Anderson’s report, a person with knowledge of the visit confirmed to Heavy Sports NFL insider Matt Lombardo that Beckham’s appearance was not a formal visit arranged by the team, nor did the star wideout meet with head coach Brian Daboll or general manager Joe Schoen.
Rather, Beckham visited a friend at the team’s facility, as well as checked in on former teammate Sterling Shepard, who suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3.
ESPN’s Jordan Raanan also confirmed the reporting, noting that Beckham remains “very friendly” with Shepard and Giants star running back Saquon Barkley.
OBJ to Giants Reunion Likely?
Beckham won Rookie of the Year in 2014 and made it to three Pro Bowls with the Giants. After signing a five-year, $85 million contract in 2018, Beckham was traded to the Cleveland Browns in the following year. He was released by the Browns in 2021 and would end up being on the Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl-winning team.
While the Giants are 3-1, their wide receiving situation is less than desirable. Shepard is lost for the season, Kadarius Toney and Wan’Dale Robinson have been out the last two games due to injury and the disappointing Kenny Golladay could be out for some time with a non-contact football injury.
Even though Beckham is looking to find a team, it’s unlikely that the Giants find a way to bring Beckham back into the fold. The Giants are strapped in the salary cap department, especially due to Golladay’s $72 million contract.
Giants fans can still dream, though, after seeing Anderson’s report.
Odell Spoke With Saquon Barkley After Week 3 Loss
There’s a chance that Beckham Jr. caught up with Saquon Barkley as both were teammates for one season in Barkley’s rookie year.
Following the Giants’ Week 3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Barkley called Beckham.
“I actually just got off the phone with him last night, talking about [Shepard]. Odell, he’s a different cat — special, special player,” Barkley told Tony Anderson on Sports Seriously. “I know that he’s doing everything he can in his rehab to come back even better, and you never know, maybe one day we’ll be back on the same team.”
When asked which former teammate he’d love to play with again, Barkley told Anderson that his choice would be Beckham. The two played just one year together with the Giants in 2018 when the team went 5-11.
Beckham was traded to the Cleveland Browns in the following year.