John Mara confident things will work out with Odell Beckham

AP

During his first press conference since being hired as the Giants head coach, Pat Shurmur said that he looks forward to talking to wide receiver Odell Beckhamabout what we’re looking for” from Giants players in the future.

It sounds like the result of that conversation will have a lot to do with how the Giants handle contract talks with Beckham, who is heading into the final year of the contract he signed as a first-round pick in 2014. Giants co-owner John Mara spoke to reporters after the press conference about where things stand in terms of Beckham’s contract and suggested that Shurmur’s conversation will help determine the pace of talks.

“We’ll get something done at some point,” Mara said, via Tom Rock of Newsday. “I want first Pat to sit down with him and them to have an understanding of how we’re going to act going forward. I have a lot of confidence that that’s going to work out well. But we’ll see.”

Beckham’s on-field production leaves little reason for the Giants to contemplate letting him go, but the slow pace of talks about a new contract strongly suggest the entire package creates some doubt about building around him for years to come.

28 responses to “John Mara confident things will work out with Odell Beckham

  1. Great talent, but he seems like a guy that could become quite the malcontent if things don’t go his way or the team struggles.

  2. Uh, if I was a professional at the top of my field, seeking around $15m per year in compensation, I would not take kindly to the owner of a franchise saying, “I want first Pat to sit down with him and them to have an understanding of HOW WE’RE GOING TO ACT GOING FORWARD.” Mr. Mara, you only get a shot at a generational talent every so often, if ever. Try to stop acting like a crotchety old white guy used to being obeyed, and get a deal done before Odell decides to take his talents elsewhere!!

  3. Im pretty sure that his injury has a lot to do with the slow pace of talks too. They have to have some idea of how well he recovered before they start throwing serious figures around.

  4. “We don’t want any troublemakers or independent personalities. We’re the model of class in this league, and after all, we’ve made the playoffs 3 times in the last 12 seasons.”

  5. “Beckham’s on-field production leaves little reason for the Giants to contemplate letting him go”

    Really? They haven’t won a playoff game since he joined the team, and they’re heading into a rebuild and likely he’d soon have a rookie QB throwing to him. Is that worth paying mega-bucks for?

    They’re going to have to be seriously on it as a team to keep pace with Philly & Dallas – a great receiver vacuuming up a huge part of the salary cap won’t be enough.

  6. Kid is great with the 1-handed catches — even Randy Moss did it on “Revis Island” lol — but the difference is: Moss got his bus ticket to Canton already, and OBJ and Dez “ain’t goin’ nowuh (nowhere).”

  7. This guy should only get a ‘prove it’ deal; dirtiest, most out-of-control player in the league. Patriots wouldn’t sign him for league minimum.

  8. If it doesn’t work out Mara can just find a way to take $36 million in cap away from the Redskins and Cowboys. That ought to even it out.

  9. Haha, generational talent…if the Giants pay him at the top of the WR market, they’re basically saying that the rest of the team can suck it. He’s a malcontent who’s only interested in himself and easily goaded into losing his mind on the field.

    He’s an outstanding WR, no doubt – but as mentioned above, it’s not just about talent, character matters and he appears to have none.

  10. I dont agree with Mara on how the should proceed, I think they should shop him, but with a high price. Frankly a bad team that gives high draft picks would be ideal. But with that said this line shows that at least Mara does get the picture…

    “I want first Pat to sit down with him and them to have an understanding of how we’re going to act going forward.“

  11. Kevin says:
    January 26, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    Uh, if I was a professional at the top of my field, seeking around $15m per year in compensation, I would not take kindly to the owner of a franchise saying, “I want first Pat to sit down with him and them to have an understanding of HOW WE’RE GOING TO ACT GOING FORWARD.”

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    If he was really a professional, they wouldn’t be talking this way, they’d just be signing him. But to date, he’s been a me-first head case who’s hurt the team with his on-field indiscipline and failure to be the positive difference in them winning a playoff game.

    He’s no victim. The team’s been less successful with him than they were before he got there. That’s not something you hear about many “generational talents”.

  12. deepass_chyabrah says:
    January 26, 2018 at 4:39 pm
    Will be on the Patriots in less than five years

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    If that ever happened he would be on the Browns within five days.

  13. I’m sure something will work out, but I’m not so sure it will be exactly what they are looking for. In many cases, guys like OBJ will say what you want to hear and do what you want them to do…until the contract is finalized. That’s when the true character kicks in. Some continue to do well but many go back to their old habits with little motivation to change because they are getting the same pay no matter what they do short of being suspended.

  14. “Odell Beckham is the face of this generation – even if he doesn’t suit your liking… Don’t “teach him how to act” before you embrace him.“

    You’re still not getting it. It’s not about his “style” or personality. It’s about hurting the team on the field. When you can’t trust a player to keep it together on the field, can’t trust him to not get baited into stupid penalties, can’t trust him not to distract your team during the game – that’s a problem.

    It’s a team sport. Take his poster off your wall for a minute and think about how his behavior is made him untrustworthy within the context of the game. He’s made some progress, but is it enough to want to throw tens of millions of dollars at him? Maybe it is.

  15. Yeah I’m not a Giants fan by the way. Just a football lover and unfortunately the fan of a very sad team. But yes, he deserves the tens of millions of dollars. He’s that good. No one has put up the stats he has put up his first few years in the league…ever….

  16. Well isn’t that nice. John Mara who has been oblivious to how dysfunctional his team is, is confident things will work out.

    I’m not a Giants fan, but if I was, I’d be praying that he hands off control of the team to a younger and more in touch with reality family member.

    Meanwhile, all those that mutinied have been given a clean slate by the new coach and GM. They better hope that doesn’t backfire on them.

  17. Kevin says:
    January 26, 2018 at 5:40 pm
    Yeah I’m not a Giants fan by the way. Just a football lover and unfortunately the fan of a very sad team.

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    Same here, man. My condolences to both of us. You are indeed right that he’s a brilliantly talented player. Glad I don’t have to make these decisions.

  18. His might have all kinds of talent, but he does not translate that into end results. The two teams in the superbowl have revievers that dont have near Beckhams level of talent but still manage to deliver considerably more end results.

    I think you get an opponent to cough up some good draft picks then set their cap space on its ear, then cap”

  19. Go ahead & overpay Overrated Beckham Jr.. There won’t be any money left to improve any other part of the team.

  20. llcamino says:
    January 26, 2018 at 3:24 pm
    If it doesn’t work out Mara can just find a way to take $36 million in cap away from the Redskins and Cowboys. That ought to even it out.
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    This time Mara knows he’s going to have to hit the Eagles too. The Giants closing the gap between themselves, Dallas, and Washington doesn’t help them win the division as the Eagles benefit as well.

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