Sterling Shepard: Odell Beckham would love to return to the Giants

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Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard is out for the season with a torn ACL, but he may still be able to contribute to the team in one way: By recruiting Odell Beckham Jr.

Shepard, who played with Beckham on the Giants for three years, says they remain close and that Beckham is very interested in a return.

“I talk to him every day, but we don’t talk about [his decision] too much,” Shepard said, via the New York Daily News. “Obviously he knows that we want him here. He would love to be here. But everything has to play out for that to happen. There’s a whole bunch of intangibles that have to play out for him to be here. And I understand that. This is a business, and his business has gotta be right for him to do it.”

Beckham is considering both the Giants and the Cowboys, who play each other on Thanksgiving. Shepard said beating the Cowboys could help, as Beckham wants to play for a contender.

“I don’t think it would hurt!” Shepard said. “To be honest with you, I don’t think it would hurt. We’d be coming off a pretty big win, a big one for us. Definitely wouldn’t hurt. I can say it.”

What also wouldn’t hurt is the Giants offering Beckham a lucrative contract. It’s unknown how much Beckham has been offered by the Cowboys, the Giants or any other team, but Shepard’s reference to “business” suggests that getting Beckham in the building will be primarily about offering him a contract to his liking.

16 responses to “Sterling Shepard: Odell Beckham would love to return to the Giants

  1. He’s not what he was, but he would be the #1 WR on the Giants. As a long time former season ticket holder, I saw Odell pre-game spending loads of time with young fans and physically challenged fans.Throwing them the ball, posing for pictures, encouraging them. All the time. He really is a nice guy, contrary to press reports.

  2. Why don’t the Rams want him back? The Browns? Giants? What is it about this guy? Why don’t teams want him back?

  3. Would love to see him go back to the Giants after all the Cowboys public begging to join them.

  4. For the 2020-2022 seasons, OBJ has averaged 286yds per season (yes, season) and 2.66 touchdowns. In 2016, he had a game against the Ravens where he had 8 receptions for 222yds w/ 2 TDs. Hardly worth $20M per year.

  5. I’ll say it now, OBJ can’t help the NY giants this year, have only 2+M in cap money to finish this year, so if the giants and I am a fan, should pass! The injuries on the team will show up Thankgiving day. Sorry giants fans he won’t happen.

  6. Excellent. Make Jerry overpay (as usual) by planting this story about a conflict of decision. Especially when it’s a division rival. Jerry is some weird version of Ross Perot, or maybe it’s the other way around.

  7. lol….He’s just playing the Giants to get more money from Jerry. Does anyone really, really think that he would sign with the Giants before the Cowboys? The Giants might not win another game this year and the Cowboys have a good chance for the Super Bowl.
    If anyone believes this is anything but trying to drive the price higher, they are pretty naive.

  8. Didn’t his old man already burn this bridge with the Mara video? If he signs with the Giants that will show Mara has no spine whatsoever.

  9. Obviously, if he somehow did sign with the NYG, his contract would be entirely back-loaded. The 2022 cap isnt the issue….the issue is if the Giants want to commit a lot of cap for the next 2-3 seasons.

  10. Cowboys fan here. I get the feeling that at least one of these teams is “playing” the other, pretending they have interest possibly to drive up the price.
    As a Cowboys fan I’m not interested in OBJ. The Boys have enough receivers. While I think OBJ is still a great talent and even a good teammate, I just don’t see how he’ll be healthy, never mind stay healthy, after coming back from back-to-back ACL tears.

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