Giants' Shurmur expecting WR Beckham at offseason workouts


If New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. intends to hold out for a new contract, that's news to new coach Pat Shurmur.

Speaking with reporters Tuesday at the NFL owner's meetings in Orlando, Shurmur said he expects Beckham to attend offseason workouts in April. NFL Network reported the 25-year-old will hold out if he doesn't receive a new contract before the season begins. Beckham is entering the final year of his rookie deal.

"All reports are he will be ready to go as we get going," Shurmur said. "There are steps he has to take. All indications are he will be back healthy by the time we start playing in September."

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman acknowledged the holdout report and another from the New York Daily News saying the Los Angeles Rams were pursuing Beckham in a prepared statement he read to reporters Tuesday.

"Neither Odell nor his agent have contacted us regarding either report," Gettleman 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 New York football Giants.

"You don't quit on talent," Gettleman added multiple times during the interview session.

Beckham was limited to four games last season because of ankle injuries. The wideout underwent surgery on his fractured left ankle in October and said at the time he expects to be back "better than ever" in 2018.

Beckham is in the midst of a tumultuous offseason that included a video appearing to show him holding a brown cigarette or cigar during a trip overseas that caught the attention of the Giants and the NFL. Both acknowledged the existence of the seven-second video that began circulating earlier this month on social media while Beckham was in Europe on a Nike-sponsored trip.

"I think it's important that you get all the information,'' Shurmur said of the video. "Who knows how that video appeared? We all understand that there are certain ways we need to act and certain things we don't want to be doing.''

The three-time Pro Bowler has also recently been the subject of trade rumors, with Giants owner John Mara saying that while Beckham might not be on the trading block, he is not an "untouchable."

"I'm looking forward to working with him,'' said Shurmur, who met with Beckham in Los Angeles earlier this offseason. "It's important as coaches and players and anybody who is working together to visit and get a chance to know one another. I really don't think you can know somebody by seeing reports, reading reports, hearing what people think and say. I think it's important, especially in the player-coach relationship, to get to know him.''

Over 47 career NFL games, Beckham has reeled in 313 passes for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns.

--Field Level Media

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