It's the NFL off season, which means there are new rumors almost every day, some true, some not.
The biggest receivers in recent days have involved big receivers Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. Due to lack of depth of the Patriots in this position and the top priority of this season, they have been linked to both players.
That said, it is important to examine the two cases objectively with respect to the Patriots.
Starting with Brown, there is almost a zero chance he will come to New England. The wide receiver is still under contract with the Steelers, so they control his rights and the most likely scenario is that he is traded. With the Patriots being the Steelers' main competition in the CAF, it seems almost impossible for them to trade him to match Tom Brady & Co. Even if the Patriots had the best bid on the table, it would seem like a situation similar to Jimmy Garoppolo where the Steelers would not take the best bid just for Brown not to visit the Patriots.
In addition, Brown's recent antics prevent any team from wanting it. He has been on social media in recent days, including Tuesday morning by posting a video in which he said he wanted interested teams to call him (it's not possible because it would be a falsification) and he wants to money guaranteed.
"If your team wants to win and you want a wide and hungry receiver whose best is the one in the world, someone hit my phone," Brown said. "Tell them I'm not uncertain. I will not even pretend to be this NFL anymore. . . . I think I have done everything. What do you think? What more do I have to do? Win a Super Bowl? I have to be the right team for that, right? . . . If your team has money guaranteed, she wants to get to know me and work with me, tell them to call me. "
Beckham is a little more interesting, especially with regard to the Patriots.
It remains to be seen if it is not part of the trading block, because it is pure speculation. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports and The Athletic traded him for a bold prediction during the off season and then on PFT Live, Chris Simms, said the Patriots had been trying to trade him for the last season, and that their interest was part of the reason he was not there. exchanged at all.
The Giants would certainly be more inclined to exchange Beckham Jr. for the Patriots than the Steelers and Brown. Beckham's contract is actually relatively user-friendly. He signed until 2023, and if he negotiated his success, it would be between $ 15 million and $ 18 million, which is really not bad considering his talent.
If Rob Gronkowski were to retire, the Patriots could almost consider this an exchange, Beckham costing a bit more money since he is a receiver. Of course, the Patriots should give up several drafts to acquire it, but it would be worth it. It should be noted that if an exchange were to take place between Beckham (the Patriots or any other team), it would probably be after June 1st. According to Over the Cap, the Giants have a capital of $ 16 million and would only save $ 5 million against the ceiling if Beckham is traded before June 1. After June 1, it can be traded at a cost of $ 4 million in dead money and $ 17 million in capital savings.
Although Beckham's talent is undeniable, his ability to adapt to the Patriots' culture raises some questions. And if he does not achieve the goals he thinks he deserves? Can he handle the amount of work Bill Belichick does to the team on a daily basis? As he goes through Tom Brady's social media, players will say and do a lot of things, and in the end, these things may not be true.
Beckham could convince many people that he wants to come to New England, but who knows exactly what would happen once he would have joined the team.
So, from a contractual and economic point of view, Beckham makes sense, especially if Gronkowski retires, but it's much more than the equation and the Patriots are always very careful with whom they bring in and how they fit into the culture.
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