Giants WR Odell Beckham being pursued by Rams in possible trade

ORLANDO — Odell Beckham Jr. calls Los Angeles home in the offseason and soon he might live there year round.

The L.A. Rams, according to multiple NFL sources, already have talked with the Giants about possibly trading for the dynamic wide receiver and turning him from a Big Apple phenom into a Hollywood star.

One Rams executive, when approached by the Daily News at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Monday afternoon, declined comment but flashed a wry smile and didn’t deny it. “Where did you hear that?” the exec said.

The News has learned that the Giants’ asking price in a prospective Beckham trade is starting at a first-round pick plus. The “plus” is the negotiable part, but the meaning is that it likely won’t require two first-round picks to get it done.

Rams GM Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay would not comment when approached by the News on Monday. But Snead is one of only two GMs who have made trades already with Dave Gettleman as Giants GM, and the other is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jason Licht, who just re-signed his own wideout Mike Evans to a megadeal himself.

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CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 21, 2017: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants watches the action from the sideline in the first quarter of a preseason game on April 27, 2017 against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 10-6. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - CIRCA 2011-2012: Odell Beckham Jr., #33 wide receiver of the Louisiana State University Tigers football team poses for a head shot at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Steve Franz/Louisiana State University/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, W.V. - SEPTEMBER 24, 2011: Odell Beckham Jr, #33 wide receiver of the Louisiana State University Tigers football team runs upfield with the ball during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 24, 2011 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, Virginia. The Tigers won 47-21. (Photo by Louisiana State University/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 08: Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the LSU Tigers fields a punt in front of Sean Parker #1 of the Washington Huskies during a game at Tiger Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 26: Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the LSU Tigers participates in pregame drills prior to a game at Tiger Stadium against the Furman Paladins on October 26, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU won the game 48-16. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
08 MAY 2014: New York Giants 12th overall pick Odell Beckham Jr holds a Giants Jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the first round at the 2014 NFL Draft. The 2104 NFL Draft was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 19: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants carries the ball after the catch against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half at AT&T Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 09: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants looks on prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 9, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Keke Palmer and Odell Beckham Jr. attend Trey Songz 30th Birthday Celebration at The Lion on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Odell Beckham Jr, New York Giants in action during the New York Giants V San Francisco 49ers, NFL American Football match at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA. 16th November 2014. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 07: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants catches a pass as Jason McCourty #30 of the Tennessee Titans defends during.a NFL game at LP Field on December 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 14: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring 10 yard touchdown thrown by Eli Manning #10 in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 7: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants warming up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Giants defeated the Titans 36-7. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 21: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on December 21, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 31: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. attends the 2015 NFL Honors at Phoenix Symphony Hall on January 31, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. (R) accepts the award for Best Play from recording artist Ciara and NBA player Andre Iguodala onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 1: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants looks on during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Giants 52-49. (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring a 72 yard long touchdown against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 6, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Football players Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. attend the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON- FEBRUARY 14: Odell Beckham Jr. during the 65th NBA All-Star Game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. February 14, 2016. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 03: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants looks on against the Minnesota Vikings during the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 3, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 27, 2016: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants catches a pass prior to a game against the Cleveland Browns on November 27, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. New York won 27-13. (Photo by: Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Imges)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 21, 2017: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants poses for a picture as he walks onto the field prior to a preseason game on April 27, 2017 against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 10-6. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
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L.A. is a tantalizing and logical place for Beckham to land considering all the factors at play.

Offensive guru McVay lit the league on fire last season as a rookie head coach, but he lost deep threat wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency and still could use a true No. 1 WR to team with talented wideouts Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp (Here lies the Giants’ 2017 secondary).

The Rams are building a new $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood, Calif., for a 2020 NFL season debut, so Beckham’s star power would help open the new digs with a bang.

And they have a young, talented quarterback in Jared Goff who is also cheap playing on a rookie contract. And that financial flexibility could allow the Rams to sign both free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Beckham after they make a trade with New York.

Beckham doesn’t have a no-trade clause, but his familiarity and affinity for the area could help him acclimate better than he would in other markets. His star power as an NFL and Nike icon still would shine brightly in a major media market such as L.A. despite leaving the bright lights of NYC.

The Rams hypothetically could give the Giants their 23rd overall pick in this year’s first round, a later round pick and perhaps wide receiver/kick returner Tavon Austin, who has just one year at an $8 million cap hit remaining on his restructured deal. Austin, 28, is dynamic but didn’t see much action in McVay’s offense in 2017.

The Rams — who, again, were pursuing Beckham even before this week’s drama — easily could have plenty of competition, though, after Giants co-owner John Mara basically invited bidders on Sunday by taking a hard line on Beckham’s behavior and refusing to commit to OBJ being a Giant this coming season.

Related: NFL players who have switched teams this offseason: 

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QB Kirk Cousins

Former team: Washington Redskins
2018 team: Minnesota Vikings

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

WR Willie Snead

Former team: New Orleans Saints
2018 team: Baltimore Ravens

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

CB Malcolm Butler

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Tennessee Titans

(Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

CB Richard Sherman

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: San Francisco 49ers

(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

WR Sammy Watkins

Former team: Los Angeles Rams
2018 team: Kansas City Chiefs

(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

TE Jimmy Graham

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: Green Bay Packers

(Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

QB Case Keenum

Former team: Minnesota Vikings
2018 team: Denver Broncos

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

DE Michael Bennett

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: Philadelphia Eagles

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr /Getty Images)

QB Tyrod Taylor

Former team: Buffalo Bills
2018 team: Cleveland Browns

(Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

QB Sam Bradford

Former team: Minnesota Vikings
2018 team: Arizona Cardinals

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

WR Danny Amendola

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

WR Jarvis Landry

Former team: Miami Dolphins
2018 team: Cleveland Browns

(Photo by Richard C. Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

WR Torrey Smith

Former team: Philadelphia Eagles
2018 team: Carolina Panthers

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

WR Paul Richardson

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: Washington Redskins

(Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

FS Kurt Coleman

Former team: Carolina Panthers
2018 team: New Orleans Saints

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DT Haloti Ngata

Former team: Detroit Lions
2018 team: Philadelphia Eagles

(Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

LB Anthony Hitchens

Former team: Dallas Cowboys
2018 team: Kansas City Chiefs

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

DT Star Lotulelei

Former team: Carolina Panthers
2018 team: Buffalo Bills

(Photos by Frank Mattia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

RB Jonathan Stewart

Former team: Carolina Panthers
2018 team: New York Giants

(Photo by Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

RB Isaiah Crowell

Former team: Cleveland Browns
2018 team: New York Jets

(Photo by Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

QB Teddy Bridgewater

Former team: Minnesota Vikings
2018 team: New York Jets

(Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DT Muhammad Wilkerson

Former team: New York Jets
2018 team: Green Bay Packers

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

RB Dion Lewis

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Tennessee Titans

(Photo by Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

G Andrew Norwell

Former team: Carolina Panthers
2018 team: Jacksonville Jaguars

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

RB Carlos Hyde

Former team: San Francisco 49ers
2018 team: Cleveland Browns

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

CB Trumaine Johnson

Former team: Los Angeles Rams
2018 team: New York Jets

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

CB Bashaud Breeland

Former team: Washington Redskins
2018 team: Carolina Panthers

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OT Nate Solder

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: New York Giants

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

QB Trevor Siemian

Former team: Denver Broncos
2018 team: Minnesota Vikings

(Photo by Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports)

WR Jordy Nelson

Former team: Green Bay Packers
2018 team: Oakland Raiders

(Photo by Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)

RB Doug Martin

Former team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2018 team: Oakland Raiders

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

CB Jason McCourty

Former team: Cleveland Browns
2018 team: New England Patriots

(Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

DT Dontari Poe

Former team: Atlanta Falcons
2018 team: Carolina Panthers

(Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

G Josh Sitton

Former team: Chicago Bears
2018 team: Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

C Ryan Jensen

Former team: Baltimore Ravens
2018 team: Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

CB Tyrann Mathieu

Former team: Arizona Cardinals
2018 team: Houston Texans

(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

WR/KR/PR Cordarrelle Patterson

Former team: Oakland Raiders
2018 team: New England Patriots

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

G Justin Pugh

Former team: New York Giants
2018 team: Arizona Cardinals

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

C Mike Pouncey

Former team: Miami Dolphins
2018 team: Los Angeles Chargers

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

CB Orlando Scandrick

Former team: Dallas Cowboys
2018 team: Washington Redskins

(Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DE Vinny Curry

Former team: Philadelphia Eagles
2018 team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

WR Michael Crabtree

Former team: Oakland Raiders
2018 team: Baltimore Ravens

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

DT Sheldon Richardson

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: Minnesota Vikings

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

CB/S Morgan Burnett

Former team: Green Bay Packers
2018 team: Pittsburgh Steelers

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

WR Danny Amendola

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

DT Ndamukong Suh

Former team: Miami Dolphins
2018 team: Los Angeles Rams

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

WR Brandin Cooks

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Los Angeles Rams

(Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

WR Jordan Matthews

Former team: Buffalo Bills
2018 team: New England Patriots

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

RB C.J. Anderson

Former team: Denver Broncos
2018 team: Carolina Panthers

(Photo by Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

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That prompted Beckham to throw gasoline on the fire Monday morning, reportedly vowing he won’t set foot on a football field without a long-term contract extension, no matter what team he’s playing for. And so now, The News can report, the Giants are sitting back and — while not actively shopping OBJ — fielding all offers that come.

And make no mistake: while the Giants are in the middle of a cultural overhaul and rebuild that are directly impacting their decision to possibly trade OBJ, there are plenty other NFL teams that will view Beckham differently — as a gamebreaker worth the risk of a long-term deal for the potential reward.

Eliminate the NFC East and the Jets as potential suitors, of course. The Giants are not going to trade Beckham in division or let the Jets win big with their former star in their own stadium and make them look bad. But that leaves plenty of parties, led by the Rams but also including other possible intriguing landing spots:

— The San Francisco 49ers: Kyle Shanahan could light the league on fire with Jimmy Garoppolo throwing to OBJ. GM John Lynch showed at last year’s draft that he’s a more-than-willing trade partner, and San Fran owns the ninth overall pick this year and also the sixth and 10th picks of the third round. The Giants already have the second and fifth picks in the third round and could dominate the board there if the 49ers packaged a one and a three.

— The Buffalo Bills: GM Brandon Beane worked with Gettleman in Carolina, so there is a pre-existing relationship. Beane’s and Sean McDermott’s club also might have the best draft capital to swing a deal, owning the 12th and 22nd overall picks in the first round and also two second-rounders. Beckham would help out AJ McCarron and a likely rookie quarterback draft pick immensely.

— The New England Patriots: Imagine the G.O.A.T. throwing to OBJ. Bill Belichick probably will in the next few days.

— The Baltimore Ravens: Let’s be honest, the Ravens need a wide receiver every year.

The Giants, of course, are in the driver’s seat to drive the price up from a first-rounder plus. They essentially have invited GMs to make their bids and now can sit back, figure out who wants to buy in to this high stakes sweepstakes, and then can play teams against each other all the way up to the NFL Draft in late April before dealing if they wish.

Any team that trades for Beckham, however, is going to have to spend a lot of money signing him to his long-term contract extension, as well. So there will could be plenty of suitors arguing they can only give the Giants so much in a trade when they’re making such a significant financial investment on top of it — a long-term commitment that Mara clearly seems uncomfortable making in the star receiver and would be off-loading on someone else.

And it’s not out of the question that the Giants would accept a lower-than-expected price for Beckham, especially considering the Giants just parted with Jason Pierre-Paul at the discount of a third-round pick to get the deal done.

Understand, as The News has been writing, while trading Beckham isn’t Mara’s or the Giants’ preferred course of action given Beckham’s talent level, their patience has worn thin. They are reshaping their locker room; they are “tired,” as Mara reminded everyone Sunday, of the negative non-football related headlines; they have warned Beckham again and again; Mara was already at his breaking point in January. On Sunday, he doubled down.

And Mara’s comment when asked if he could foresee Beckham not being on the team in 2018 — “I can’t answer that one way or the other” — wasn’t even the most telling part of his interview. It was Mara’s long pause after the question was asked. Every reporter with their head in their phones looked up after the few seconds of alarming silence.

This is real. And outside the Giants, just like inside the building in East Rutherford, Beckham is regarded as a world-class talent, regardless of how he behaves off the field.

There is a market. The Giants are sellers. And the Rams are looking to buy.

Who will be next?

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