John Mara said Friday that he wants to Odell Beckham Jr. to understand “how we’re gonna act” under new head coach Pat Shurmur before signing him to a contract extension.
“We’ll deal with that at the appropriate time, but that’s not necessarily right now,” Mara said after Shurmur’s introductory press conference of negotiating an extension for Beckham, 25, his star receiver. “I’ve said before many times that we want him to be a Giant, and we’ll get something done at some point in time. But I want first (for) Pat to sit down with him and them to have a good understanding about how we’re gonna act going forward. And I have a lot of confidence that that’s gonna work out well. But we’ll see.”
Mara’s lukewarm tone on Beckham’s future is noteworthy considering Beckham is entering the fifth- and final option year of his rookie deal and last offseason skipped all of the Giants’ voluntary OTAs in the offseason to make a point that he wanted negotiations on an extension to begin.
Beckham is coming off surgery on a broken left ankle and is severely underpaid compared to his market value based on his production but has made several decisions — from his 2015 street fight with Josh Norman and suspension, to the infamous Boat Trip prior to the 2016 playoff dud in Green Bay, to pretending to pee on the field like a dog in Philadelphia this season — that have either affected the team negatively or at least cast it in a bad light.
Shurmur praised Beckham’s talent and stressed he wanted to get to know Beckham personally. But Friday’s tone from ownership and the coach was much more glowing comparatively on Eli Manning’s future, with Shurmur saying of the quarterback that he thinks “he’s got years left.”
This is a developing story. More to come.