Beckham lives in Los Angeles during the offseason but reportedly was in Paris at the time of the trade.
The 68-year-old GM said he knows the Giants did not sign Beckham last summer to a $90 million deal to trade him, but things changed when the Browns made a value-packed offer that "knocked it out of the park" and allowed NY to address multiple positions on a team coming off a 5-11 record.
Gettleman said Monday that it 'wasn't his responsibility to share with you what my plan is.' What exactly is his plan?
Gettleman did not shop the three-time Pro Bowler because he felt doing that would not give him the upper hand in trade talks. Two years ago, if a player were to get traded to the Browns, it would seem like they are facing the end of their competitive career. It was too much value for us. We've got positions to address. Our plan is to address those positions, plain and simple.
"I completely understand why people would debate the merits of this deal", Gettleman added.
The Giants decision to trade Beckham creates a bit of a leadership vacuum on offense, given how popular the dynamic wide receiver was among his teammates. "There were a number of factors to take into consideration".
"As I said publicly twice, we didn't sign him to trade him, but obviously things change", Gettleman said. "Another team made an offer we couldn't refuse".
"Trust me, we got a plan", the Big Blue GM said. And I can tell you the Giants, absent a strong pitch by Cleveland, would still have Beckham on the team today. My barometer or litmus test was the franchise tag. And Beckham will respect just how badly the Browns wanted him in Cleveland. As it is clear that Manning's best days are behind him, Beckham was growing impatient with the direction that the team was going by keeping Manning.