Were NFL Teams Spying On Odell Beckham Jr?

There may have been one NFL team that hired someone to track OBJ….

New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. just inked a monster deal to stay with his team. The 5 year extension makes him the highest paid wide receiver coming in at $95 million. Of the $95 million, he will have $65 million of it guaranteed. With a contract that large the expectations for Beckham Jr. will be high this season.

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Not so long ago, the Giants were entertaining trade from other teams. When making a large investment in any business, the business will want to be sure they are making the correct investment. With the NFL being a business, teams will take extra measures and precautions before investing in players. According to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham one team even hired a private investigator to follow OBJ.

The stakes are high. In the spring, when the Giants were listening to trade inquiries — the Rams and 49ers were the two teams reported to be interested, but there were others — one curious club hired a private investigator to track Beckham. The Paris video had introduced drug-use rumors that teams wanted to run down, even if recreational drug use falls below his surgically repaired ankle on most teams’ list of concerns. The PI’s report set off no alarms, but despite the Giants being “50-50” on their willingness to trade him, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation, no team would meet their asking price, which was believed to be a pair of first-rounders.

According to Wickersham, the investigator did not find anything of concern.

 

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