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Pat Shurmur: Odell Beckham is a Giant “right now”

That’s certainly no way to diffuse trade rumors

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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur didn’t exactly douse the rampant Odell Beckham Jr. trade speculation on Tuesday. Instead, speaking at the NFL owners meetings, he pretty much supplied both the gasoline and the match.

Asked about Beckham, Shurmur said “He’s on our team right now.”

Shurmur also said this:

“As ownership has talked about, we were 3-13 a year ago and we’re making changes to the roster to improve ourselves and this is the time of the year to do it.”

That doesn’t mean Beckham is gone. That also, though, is anything but Shurmur closing the door on the idea of moving on without Beckham.

It does mean that I think ESPN’s Field Yates is absolutely on target with this tweet:

The Giants have already executed two trades this offseason, bringing in linebacker Alec Ogletree and jettisoning defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. The belief for a while has been that they are open to moving the No. 2 pick for the right price. Co-owner John Mara said Sunday that the Giants might not be actively shopping Beckham, but “you always listen.”

Signals or not, I still have a hard time believing the Giants would trade Beckham this offseason without giving the Beckham-Shurmur-Gettleman dynamic a chance to work. Unless the relationship somehow becomes so contentious that it obviously isn’t going to work, or a team gives the Giants an outrageous offer that would be foolish to refuse, I can’t see the Giants making a Beckham trade now.

Here are some further Shurmur remarks on Beckham.

More Shurmur on Odell:

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