Giants expecting Odell Beckham to participate in offseason work
- Author: Stacy Allen Mar 28, 2018,
Mar 28, 2018, 0:35
General manager Dave Gettleman is attempting to pull off a delicate balancing act, maintaining leverage in potential trade talks while refusing to publicly acknowledge or deny that Odell Beckham is available for the right price. ESPN's Adam Schefter said the Giants are listening to offers for the receiver during an appearance on "Golic and Wingo" Tuesday morning.
But a much bigger story is Beckham's reported refusal to honor the final year of his rookie contract and the trade speculation involving him after co-owner John Mara said Sunday the three-time Pro Bowler's antics are wearing thin on him and that no player on the team is untouchable in trade discussions. Perhaps that's why Gettleman and the Giants are hesitant to hand him an enormous contract, to say nothing of the non-stop distractions Beckham brings.
Beckham Jr's behaviour has got him in hot water a couple times during his career, and doubts about his conduct resurfaced last week when a picture was seen of him on social media with a woman and what appeared to be a white powdery substance. Giants ownership has made it clear that they have not discussed any contract negotiations while also adding that Beckham needs to change his behavior.
"When you build a chemistry, you can't develop those relationships unless you are working together", Shurmur said.
"I think we always want weapons and obviously he's been an outstanding player, especially the first three years, " Shurmur said. We just got a chance to get to know one another. A very charismatic guy. I really don't think you can know somebody by seeing reports, reading reports, hearing what people think and say. "The only way you get to know somebody is by visiting with them and I got a good sense, a better sense, of who he is".
The star wide receiver has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately.
"That is just another way of saying we're gonna try to do everything we can to make our team better, " Shurmur said. I felt like I got to know him a little better. "So to be clear: I'm not going to respond to questions about either report, and as I stated earlier, every decision I make is going to be in the best interest of the NY football Giants".