Odell Beckham Jr.is looking for a new contract in NY, which has some believing he could be traded.
Beckham is now scheduled to earn $8.459 million in the final year of his rookie deal, but he did undergo season-ending ankle surgery last year which could keep him sidelined into training camp. Despite his electrifying play on the field, his demeanor while in uniform and actions off the field have not sat well with the Giants. Off-field concerns are also in play, but the ankle injury that ended Beckham's 2017 four games in is not in line to be a concern.
The Giants have since denied that they're looking to shop Beckham, but this hasn't stopped rumors from spreading about one team being interested in a trade.
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The quick change in tune from the organization might have something to do with Beckham's threat of holding out until that new deal comes around, but the team's aggressive handling of the star has impressed Shurmur.
"I went back, as I was watching this year's quarterbacks I went back and watched his college film to compare him to the guys coming out this year, I went back and revisited my notes from doing him [as the Vikings offensive coordinator] a year ago, we had him rated highly", Shurmur said. "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". NFL Network reported the 25-year-old will hold out if he doesn't receive a new contract before the season begins.
"We always want weapons". A sensible statement, but the response from Beckham was that he would not play football until a contract extension was signed. 'It's important as coaches and players and anybody who is working together to visit and get a chance to know one another.
If the Giants aren't willing to meet Beckham's contract demands, then trading him now may be in the team's best interests. "And we want guys that understand what it is to be a good teammate".