As Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning were dancing in a Super Bowl commercial, New York Giants fans had to be wondering whether the pair had played their final game together in The Big Apple.

Beckham has expressed his desire for a contract extension before the 2018 season starts. The soon-to-be fifth-year wide playmaker wants to be the highest-paid wide receiver in the game.

He has a lot of leverage. The Giants were an absolute disaster on offense this season, and the team’s three wins were the fewest the team had since a three-win 1983 season. His absence negatively affected the Giants offense, which showcases his value to the team.

Beckham is also the franchise’s most marketable player. His jersey is always a big seller. He had the eleventh-best selling jersey of 2017, even though he missed most of the season. Beckham does commercials for many products and is recognized across the globe for his exciting plays and incredible athleticism.

But his on-field antics and post-game tirades have become a tired act in New York. He was reprimanded by owner John Mara for his peeing-dog touchdown dance in Philadelphia in Week 3 of the 2017 season. Beckham has repeatedly racked up unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and fines for his behavior, but he has not changed. I don’t think Beckham’s on-field behavior will ever change. The Giants had several chances to discipline him in his first few years in the league, but then-head coach Tom Coughlin was on the hot-seat and needed Beckham to be in the lineup on every play.

It would not be fair for recently-hired head coach Pat Shurmur to be forced to try to subdue Beckham. Giants ownership and the previous coaching staff allowed Beckham to do whatever he wanted. Beckham is not going to take orders from Shurmur even if Shurmur gains the respect of the rest of the locker room. Shurmur will be blamed for Beckham’s antics if (when) he continues to act inappropriately. It is not Shurmur’s fault that the Giants have repeatedly allowed Beckham to misbehave and get away with it. Shurmur did not set the bad precedent.

If the Giants kept Beckham, it would also not be fair to the quarterback that will be brought in to replace Eli Manning. The quarterback is likely to be a rookie. Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen are the only three quarterbacks I could see the Giants drafting in the first round this year.

The new QB the Giants will potentially acquire will have to learn the playbook. Manning would likely begin the season as the starting quarterback. If the Giants are out of contention in the middle of the season, Manning would give way to the rookie. The rookie will probably play… like a rookie. Beckham is going to get impatient and will act like the diva that he is.

The Giants are currently far away from contending for the Lombardi Trophy. But it is important to point out that most of the best active wide receivers have never won a Super Bowl. None of the top ten receivers in Fantasy Pros’ 2018 rankings has won a Super Bowl. In fact, only five (Doug Baldwin, Alshon Jeffery, Demaryius Thomas, Golden Tate, Jordy Nelson) of the top 30 receivers in the league have celebrated on Super Bowl Sunday. Flashy wide receivers have not had ultimate success in the postseason. Randy Moss and Terrell Owens could not even win The Big Game in their careers.

All signs point to the Giants attempting to sign Beckham to an extension. I would not go down this path. I would trade him now and get as much as I could in return. If the Giants keep him, they will have to deal with his antics for several more years. The costs of keeping Beckham far outweigh the benefits of trading him.

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