The Patriots may have been looking to add a star last offseason.
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was involved in multiple trade rumors before 2019 and NFL analyst Chris Simms reported Monday the Patriots actively pursued acquiring him.
Simms said during an appearance on PFT Live:
“The Giants were going to trade him, and I think they were really looking and listening to all offers. You know what really stopped it? And I think this is what’s going to shock people. This is from everything I know, multiple sources. The thing that stopped the trade conversation with Odell Beckham Jr. is because the team that was most aggressive in pursuing him was the New England Patriots. The New England Patriots were trying to get Odell Beckham Jr. all last offseason.”
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) February 18, 2019
New York ultimately decided to hold onto Beckham and he tallied 1,052 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 12 games in 2018. The Giants finished the season with a 5-11 record.
Meanwhile, the Patriots went on to top the Rams in Super Bowl 53. It was their second championship in the last three seasons.