New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reported for the opening of the team's offseason conditioning program, coach Pat Shurmur said on Monday. Shurmur did not go into detail on those conversations, but Beckham's attendance at the voluntary start of the offseason program should speak to some of the context of those talks.
"I believe Odell's a professional", Shurmur said on a conference call. Talking on a conference, Shurmur says he hasn't spoken with Beckham, whose name has been prominent in trade speculation in recent months. "He's a competitive guy.I'm glad he's here today", Shurmur said. Again, we had already started communicating before all that communication kind of got out there and was talked about to great deal.
Beckham missed most of last season with a fractured ankle suffered during a Week 5 loss to the Chargers.
Given his past, it wouldn't have been surprising if Beckham chose to be a no-show in April and later this summer.
According to NFL.com, which cited a "high-ranking executive of an NFC team", NY recently requested two first-round picks for the Pro Bowl wide receiver but was turned down. Beckham is under team control until the end of this season, a fifth-year option paying him just under $8.5 million in 2018. I'm looking forward to him inspiring some of his teammates to get better, because he's here and he's a terrific player. I didn't want to get in the way of that.
"I'm not anxious about it", Shurmur said of how all of the headlines affected Beckham. "I have not seen him yet, but I know he's in the building".
Shurmur has not commented directly on the state of contract talks between the Giants and Beckham but no active negotiations are taking place, according to reports.
"I just think it's very important that we're very professional, we communicate well together and then there is going to be a transfer of information", he said. And the difference of me and everybody else, I don't need nothing or want nothing from you.