Giants star Odell Beckham and his close friend Jarvis Landry have taken turns trying to woo each other to join the same NFL team.
But that time has come and gone… for now.
The Giants were taking calls on Beckham’s availability via trade last month, but it no longer looks as if the three-time Pro Bowler is going to be dealt.
The asking price of two first-round picks seemed to scare off suitors possibly concerned about his decision-making, rehabbed ankle and the negotiations on an extension. The Rams were reported as a favorite, but the Browns made sense, too, given salary cap space.
Though Landry smiled and laughed at the question on Beckham and quickly pivoting back to his focus on the Browns, it is interesting to note he said Beckham would be with the Giants for another year instead of years.
The Giants could franchise tag Beckham each of the next two offseasons — like the Steelers have with Le’Veon Bell — if extension talks stall.
Beckham reported for the start of the Giants’ voluntary offseason program last week, but it is unknown if he will be in East Rutherford next week for the start of a three-day mini-camp. He is unlikely to practice due to his ankle and a NFL Network report suggested he will holdout until he has a new contract.
The first name mentioned would arguably fill the Lions’ biggest needs, with one of the draft’s largest players.
One I would keep an eye on, I would say Will Hernandez would be an interesting one, Jeremiah said. I think he kind of fits the physical nature they want to have there with their team.
The 348-pound guard out of UTEP earned first-team All-American honors last season before putting a rubber stamp on his resume with a strong showing at the combine. He put up 37 reps on the bench press, while surprisingly managing to post top-10 times in the 40-yard dash and 3-cone drills among linemen.
A mauling guard, Hernandez would be a plug-and-play option on the left side of Detroit’s line, providing an immediate boost to the team’s run blocking.
Another player who could improve the ground game at No. 20, according to Jeremiah, would be LSU running back Derrius Guice.
I think he’s better than the backs they have on campus right now, Jeremiah said.