It is the NFL offseason which means there are new rumors almost every day – some that are true, some that are not.
The largest in recent days has involved broad recipients Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. With Patriots' lack of depth in this position, and being a top priority for this offseason, they have been tied to both players.
Having said that, it is important to look at both cases objectively as it relates to the patriots. 19659002] Start with Brown, it's almost a zero percent chance he'll come to New England. The broad recipient is still under contract with Steelers, so they control their rights and the most likely scenario from now on is he traded. With the patriots as Steeler's best competition in the AFC, it seems almost impossible that they would actually trade him to pair him with Tom Brady and Co. Although the Patriots had the best offer on the table, it would seem like a Jimmy Garoppolo-like situation where the Steelers would not take the best deal, so Brown did not go to the Patriots.
Furthermore, Brown's latest motions make it difficult for any team to wish him. He's been social media everywhere for the past few days, including Tuesday morning sending a video saying he wants interested teams to call him (they can't then manipulate) and he wants to guarantee money.
"If your team wants to win and you need a hungry wide receiver whose best in the world, somebody beats my phone, Brown says." Tell them I'm not making any guarantees. I won't even play myself more for this NFL. . . . I think I did everything. What do you think? What is left for me to do? Win a Super Bowl? Must be the right team for that, right? . . . If your team was guaranteed money, they want to get to know me and work with me, tell them to call me. "
Beckham is a little more interesting, especially when it comes to the patriots.
It remains to be seen whether he or she is not even on the trade block, as this is based on pure speculation. FOX Sports & Athletics & Athletics Jay Glazer made him act like his bold offseason prediction, and then at PFT Live Chris Simms said the patriots were trying to shop for him all the last offseason and their interest was part of the reason he wasn't acting at all.
The giants would probably Be more likely to trade Beckham Jr. to the Patriots than Steelers and Brown Beckham's contract is actually relatively law-friendly, signed since 2023 and if he is trading, the hits will be in the $ 1
If Rob Gronkowski were to retire, the patriots could almost look at it as a replacement with Beckham, which costs a little more since he is a recipient Sure, the patriots would have to give up several drafts to acquire him, but he would surely be worth it. It is worth noting that if a Beckham trade would happen (to the patriots or any other law), it will likely occur after June 1. According to Over Cap, the giants would bring in $ 16 million in dead money and save just $ 5 million against the cap if Beckham traded before June 1. After June 1, he can trade at $ 4 million in dead money and $ 17 million in savings.
While Beckham's talent is undeniable, his ability to fit the Patriot culture has some questions. What if he doesn't get the goals he thinks he deserves? Can he handle the amount of work Bill Belichick puts the team through daily? While he has been over Tom Brady's social media account, players will say and do a lot of things, and ultimately, these things can be proven to be true.
Beckham could convince many people he wants to come to New England, but who knows exactly what would happen when he actually joined the team.
So from a contractual and valuation point of view, Beckham makes some sense, especially if Gronkowski retires, but there is more to the equation and the patriots are always very careful about who they bring and how they can fit the culture.
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