The Giants reportedly rethought their stance on trading Odell Beckham Jr because of the Patriots and it's another example of the influence Bill Belichick has over the NFL

  • The New York Giants were reportedly close to trading away star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in 2018.
  • According to ProFootballTalk, the Giants decided against the move after hearing that the Patriots were interested in bringing him to New England.
  • It's not the first time the looming interest of the Patriots has influenced the thinking of other teams in the NFL.

Across the NFL, teams are often trying to be more like the New England Patriots.

Whether that means hiring one of Belichick's assistants or adopting a version of the "Patriot Way," it's clear that other teams in the league want to replicate New England's formula for success.

The Patriots influence on the league is so strong that it can have an effect on the trade market for some of the biggest talents in the league.

As NFL insider Chris Simms explained to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, the New York Giants were almost ready to trade away star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in 2018, only to reconsider when they found out the Patriots were interested.

Because the Patriots thought Beckham was good enough for them, the Giants had reason to wait on their decision to deal him away.

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Le'Veon Bell, running back

2018 team: Pittsburgh Steelers

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Demarcus Lawrence, defensive end

2018 team: Dallas Cowboys

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Jadeveon Clowney, linebacker

2018 team: Houston Texans

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Earl Thomas, defensive back

2018 team: Seattle Seahawks

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Trey Flowers, defensive end

2018 team: New England Patriots

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Tevin Coleman, running back

2018 team: Atlanta Falcons

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Dee Ford, outside linebacker

2018 team: Kansas City Chiefs

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Nick Foles, quarterback

2018 team: Philadelphia Eagles

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Mark Ingram, running back

2018 team: New Orleans Saints

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Ndamukong Suh, nose tackle

2018 team: Los Angeles Rams

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Golden Tate, wide receiver

2018 team: Philadelphia Eagles

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Adrian Peterson, running back

2018 team: Washington Redskins

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Chris Hogan, wide receiver

2018 team: New England Patriots

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Demaryius Thomas, wide receiver

2018 team: Houston Texans

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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, safety

2018 team: Washington Redskins

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Tyler Eifert, tight end

2018 team: Cincinnati Bengals

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Jason McCourty, cornerback

2018 team: New England Patriots

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Tyrod Taylor, quarterback

2018 team: Cleveland Browns

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Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback

2018 team: New Orleans Saints

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Stephen Gostkowski, kicker

2018 team: New England Patriots

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Terrell Suggs, linebacker

2018 team: Baltimore Ravens

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It's not the first time the Patriots have shown such influence over thinking across the league. In 2016, an unnamed free agent drawing no interest reportedly wound up receiving calls from four other teams as soon as the Patriots showed interest.

Read more:The story of one NFL free agent shows how much influence the Patriots have over the rest of the league

Faulting the Giants for the logic is hard. As Florio points out, the Patriots have had success throughout the Brady-Belichick era trading for receivers. Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, and more, all had huge roles with the teams that their former employers were forced to watch in frustration.

Rather than suffer a similar fate, Simms says the Giants decided on keeping Beckham in New York. Given the success of the Patriots in the past, it was probably a smart move.

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