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Landry Wants Browns To Trade For Beckham Jr.

The Two Receivers Are Good Friends From Their Days At LSU

August 07, 2018 - 10:26 am
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By WFAN.com

The New York Giants and star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. have dominated NFL headlines recently, as the two sides are working towards a long-term extension that could make Beckham the highest paid receiver in the NFL.

But that hasn't stopped a former teammate from trying to get his team to pursue OBJ in a trade.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been lobbying the Browns to try to trade for Beckham, as the two receivers are close friends from their college days at LSU.

Landry was traded to Cleveland this offseason and received a five-year, $75.5 million extension from his new team. The 25-year-old receiver told cleveland.com that he speaks with Beckham frequently and that the Giants receiver would "definitely" be open to playing in Cleveland.

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"If things like that are able to happen and the team can make it happen, then why not?" Landry said. "He definitely would be (up for it). He would be."

Beckham is entering the last season of his rookie contract, set to make $8.5 million, and is looking for a large extension from the Giants. His agent, Zeke Sandhu, left New York on Monday with no deal in place after meeting with the team last week, but both sides are still confident an agreement can be reached.

During a press conference over the weekend, Beckham told the media his contract situation is trending in the right direction and that he is "optimistic" a deal can be worked out. 

"I'm confident it will all work itself out," Beckham said to reporters Saturday of his contract situation. "It always does."

Landry's comments came in the wake of Cleveland trading former first round pick Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, creating a hole at wide receiver for the Browns.

Despite Landry's remarks, there is no indication the Giants are looking to trade their star wide receiver.

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ESPN's Josina Anderson caused some chaos earlier this week when she reported that the Giants are valuing Beckham at a total average annual value below Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins, who has an AAV of $16 million in his current deal. However it wasn't long before NFL Network's Ian Rapoport seemed to contradict Anderson's report, stating the Giants and Sandhu have engaged in negotiations to make Beckham the highest paid receiver in the NFL. 

A three-time Pro Bowler, Beckham, 25, has caught 313 passes for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns. He became the first wide receiver in NFL history to have at least 90 receptions and 1,300 yards in each of his first three seasons.