For the first time since his family’s organization traded away Odell Beckham Jr., Unusual York Giants president and co-owner John Mara addressed the wide receiver’s departure from Enormous Blue and the decision-making at the back of it.
“[The Cleveland Browns] made an supply that [general manager] Dave [Gettleman] and [coach] Pat [Shurmur] chanced on compelling and we within the crash licensed it,” Mara told newshounds, per NFL Community’s Kimberly Jones at the Annual League Meeting on Sunday. “No longer a clear-cut decision. … It turn out to be a reluctant decision because I love Odell.”
It be been 12 days since Unusual York agreed to alternate Beckham to Cleveland in a blockbuster deal, a switch that proved unpopular with and viewed as miscalculated by many Giants fans.
Mara insisted he turn out to be correct as torn by sending Unusual York’s most partaking player and extraordinary athlete to yet another franchise and that “it be no longer going to be easy” to stare Beckham’s future highlights with the Browns.
The Giants owner told newshounds that the “hardest” portion of buying and selling Beckham away turn out to be telling his grandsons that the organization had traded away their favourite avid gamers. As Mara tells it, one in every of his grandsons has no longer spoken to him since.
As well as to recounting Beckham’s exit, Mara also took time Sunday to protect Unusual York’s decision to follow veteran quarterback Eli Manning as the Giants’ starter heading into 2019.
Mara told newshounds, per Jones, that it “if truth be told will get below my pores and skin” that the Unusual York and nationwide media imply that “sentimentality” is why the 38-year-damaged-down Manning, who has spent the entirety of his 15-year occupation with the Giants, stays on the team with out a alternative in stare.
“We’re going to preserve it 365 days at a time,” Mara stated of Manning’s state with the team, per Jones. “At this level you preserve it 365 days at a time.”
Gettleman turn out to be in an identical sort pissed off earlier this week by the media’s characterization of Unusual York’s quarterback downside. The GM told newshounds that “this sage Eli is overpaid and would possibly perchance well also no longer play is a crock.”
At No. 6 within the upcoming draft, Unusual York is in prime predicament to want out the QB of the future, potentially Dwayne Haskins, and Gettleman has insisted that the Giants savor “a notion” in searching to buy and rebuild at the identical time.
Whether or no longer Enormous Blue can pull it off and fetch the trust and like of Mara’s grandsons stays to be viewed.