Giants’ Barkley on Beckham: ‘I think it would be a great story to come back to a place that you were at before’

The New York Giants, like many teams in the NFL, would love to have free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on their roster. The three-time Pro Bowler, who tore his ACL in the Rams’ Super Bowl victory last season, was drafted and spent five seasons with the Giants before being traded to the Browns in 2019.

New York is 6-2 right now, but they are not getting much production from the wide receiver position, and Beckham, if healthy, can help.

The Giants have returned from their bye week as they prepare to host the Houston Texans on Sunday.

During the bye week, Giants running back Saquon Barkley went to Beckham’s birthday party and spent time with his former teammate, and according to Barkley, the 30-year-old Beckham still can get it done.

“He knows how I feel,” Barkley said Friday. He knows how we feel in this locker room. I’ve said before, he’s a heck of a player. I’m more just not saying worried, just focused on him continuing attacking his rehab; get ready. He’s a special player. He’s still got a lot left in the tank. And I know how he is already with his mindset going at his rehab. When he’s able to come back, he’s going to show his skillset.”

Recently, Cowboys’ Micah Parsons and Ezekiel Elliott made their pitch for Beckham, which Barkley noticed.

“I didn’t see the Zeke one, but I saw Micah tweet something at him,” Barkley said. “But he’s Odell. He’s a heck of a player. When he’s healthy, he’s one of the best players in the league. Why wouldn’t anybody want him on his team?”

Barkley made his pitch for Beckham.

“It’s New York; it’s the Giants,” he said. “Obviously, he has familiar faces within this facility and this locker room. Personally, I think it would be a great story to come back to a place that you were at before and continue to help build success and continue to come here with the right mindset and be a leader and be the type of player he can be for his team.”

Beckham is going to go somewhere, so why not New York? He’s familiar with the area; he had his most success in New York, the Giants will probably make the playoffs, and to Barkley’s point, it would be a great story.

Let’s see how this one plays out.

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