Giants' GM goes on offense over Odell Beckham deal

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He said he didn't shop around for a better deal because the team making the call plays at a disadvantage. Odell is a tremendous talent, which made him a valuable asset.

Gettleman didn't stop there Monday, speaking for the first time since sending Beckham to the Cleveland Browns last week in return for first- and third-round draft picks this year and safety Jabrill Peppers.

Gettleman said the only call he initiated about Beckham was to the Bills after seeing their interest in Antonio Brown did not lead to a deal.

In late February, Gettleman declared that the Giants didn't sign their top wideout to a five-year, $90-million extension last year to trade him. "We were not actively shopping him". Beckham had clashed with the Giants in recent seasons but many believe the Giants had given up one of the best wide receivers in the league cheaply - especially after they had only just paid the 26-year-old a $20m signing bonus on a new contract, and Gettleman had said: "We didn't sign Odell to trade him". "Frankly, what changed is another team made an offer we couldn't refuse", he said.

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Gettleman says the litmus tests for trading a star player is the value of what a team would get if it lost a player who had a franchise tag: two first-round picks. He said the San Francisco 49ers called and the teams had numerous conversations without reaching a deal.

"I completely understand why people would debate the merits of this deal".

"We have positions to address". This trade really won't be able to be fully evaluated until we get further down the road. "Our plan is to address those positions, plain and simple", he said. "There were a number of factors to take into consideration and I can assure you we thoroughly discussed them all".

"Trust me, we got a plan", the Big Blue GM said.