New York Giants co-owner John Mara is getting tired of constantly having to answer questions about Odell Beckham Jr. that have nothing to do with Beckham’s extraordinary ability as a football player.
“I’m tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior and what the latest incident is,” Mara said. “I think he knows what we expect of him. Now it’s up to him. I still believe he’ll be able to show him what we expect of him.”
Mara also said the following:
- He is “more disappointed than angry” about Beckham’s latest off-the-field misadventures.
- “Who knows?” if the Giants will give him a contract extension. That’s a change from Mara’s previous comments that he wanted Beckham to spend his career with the team. Mara added it’s “a possibility” Beckham won’t get an extension prior to next season. Beckham has indicated he wants that done sooner rather than later.
- “You never know” if Beckham could be traded. “When you’re 3-13, nobody is untouchable.” Mara added that the Giants are not shopping Beckham, but that “you always listen.”
Beckham has always enjoyed the support of Giants’ ownership, which has always framed the discussion around the idea that he would mature. Mara’s comments Sunday at the NFL owner’s meeting, though, hint at a crack in that support.
“You want to know who we’re going to pick? We don’t,” Mara said. “We’re very early on in the process. You can give me eight different scenarios and I can tell you that it’s a possibility.
“Believe me when I tell you, I don’t know if we’re taking a quarterback.”
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"I think Eli Manning definitely has a lot in his tank left, and is an extraordinary player, and then Odell Beckham is the most exciting player in the NFL over the last three or four years, and obviously he's coming off an injury.
"Then, you have a great wide receivers corps, Sterling Shepard and the tight ends and all those guys. I think I would have the success I had in college."
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