Odell Beckham Jr has joined up with the New York Giants to participate in the franchise’s voluntary offseason workouts. The wide receiver has been linked with trades away from the Giants over the last few weeks, yet coach Pat Shurmur has now suggested that Beckham Jr could be a important part of their offseason conditioning programme.
A fortnight ago, Pat Shurmur hinted that Odell Beckham Jr would be fit enough to join the Giants in the offseason, having finally recovered from the grave ankle injury that had kept him sidelined for much of the 2017 season. Shurmur’s tone was one of optimism; however, many of the Giants’ top brass remained unconvinced – none so much as co-owner John Mara who when quizzed about Odell’s future, claimed he “wouldn’t say anyone was untouchable”.
Mara went on to add: “Do I want him to be traded? Absolutely not,” Mara said. “I want him to be a Giant. I can’t promise that’s going to happen. We’re not looking to get rid of him, OK?”
It now appears that the Giants may have kept hold of their star receiver – for the time being at least.
“I really believe Odell is a professional. He wants to be great. He understands the importance of the offseason. He’s a competitive guy…I’m glad he’s here today,” Shurmur said.
“We understand how this is structured here in the offseason, but it’s certainly important in my mind. It’s important for everybody to be around so they can hear it, learn it, do it together,” Shurmur said. “This is the ultimate team game and we need to work together because it’s important we’re all on the same page as we move toward the fall.”
The fact that Beckham Jr has turned up for offseason workouts will help put fans at ease, following a period of uncertainty last month, when it was reported that the Giants held talks with the LA Rams over a potential trade deal for the 25-year-old.
There is another possibility however.
It’s no secret that Beckham Jr is angling for a new mega-contract with the Giants, and one way of convincing the franchise to make a move is by proving his worth in the offseason. If Odell can demonstrate that he is back to 100%, a new contract could well be on the cards.