New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman and HC Pat Shurmur speak on the Odell Beckham Jr. trade speculation that’s arisen in recent weeks.
“We didn’t sign him to trade him.”
That’s what New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman told the media at his “State of the Giants” press conference early January. He was referring to star Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
The Giants, of course, signed Beckham right before the 2018 regular season to a five-year $95 million contract extension.
Since then there have been rumors that the Giants could trade Beckham in the offseason. Recently, NFL Analyst Jay Glazer made a prediction for ‘The Athletic’ that the Big Blue receiver would be traded this offseason. However, nothing has come to fruition.
Gettleman made it known at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday that he prefers to stick with Beckham.
“I’ll say this, it’s a repeat of what I said at my postseason presser: We didn’t sign Odell to trade him,” Gettleman said. “OK? So I know that’s all over the place.
“So understand that. That’s all I need to say about that.’”
Gettleman also touched upon the media speculation that OBJ would be traded at some point before the 2019 season.
“First of all, why is it my responsibility to eliminate that speculation?’” Gettleman asked. “You guys can say anything, get it cooking around the table and now I got to answer that. Am I wrong? No, I’m not wrong.
“Well, you guys got to write about something, I guess. Speculate all you want, I’ve already made my statement on that.’”
Giants HC Pat Shurmur also gave his stance on the Beckham situation and made it known to the media how the relationship between the organization and OBJ is doing.
“I think it’s good, I really do,”’ Shurmur said. “I’ve communicated with him frequently in the last few weeks. It’s good. It’s solid. He’s like many of our other players, he’s off living — I think he’s in California now, but he travels quite a bit. But he does a great job of staying in shape and I look forward to having him back.”
Beckham tallied 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns for the Giants in 2018. He also added two passing touchdowns to his stat line.
Beckham only played 12 games, however. He suffered a bruised quadriceps in a Week 12 loss to the Eagles. He played in the week 13 win over the Bears, however, sat the final four games on the regular season.