PHOENIX, Arizona – New York Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch view Odell Beckham Jr.'s deal with the Cleveland Browns as the toughest steps they've ever taken. Mara even insisted that he give a "reluctant approval" after thinking about work on a long drive home.
The Giants exchanged Beckham, which they said was a transcendental talent for the first round. Jabrill Peppers in the third round. The move took place seven months after Beckham received a five-year contract worth up to $ 98.5 million. As a result, the team paid $ 218 million for 12 games in 2018 and reached a $ 16 million cut-off this year.
Mara and Tisch admitted that these numbers made it even harder to pull the trigger.
"I will tell you that it was a hesitant affirmation of my side because I really like Odell [Beckham Jr.] and I recognize the unique talent he has," said Mara. "It's not easy to swap this player for another team."
Giants owners talked about the sometimes unnecessary drama that came with the star-wide receiver. However, the additional problems associated with Beckham were "manageable," and both felt they had a good relationship with him. Everything was included in the equation when the blockbuster was moved.
However, Mara insisted that it was not an "easy decision" for a business driven by General Manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur.
Table added, "No easy decision."
Mara mentioned that the most difficult call he had to make was two of his grandchildren, as he had to declare that he was acting their favorite player. They sob uncontrollably, and Mara made a joke that only one of them talked to him a few weeks later.
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"It will not be easy, I will not lie to you: It will not be easy," said Mara. "I mean, he's a great player and I hope he has a great career with the Browns, it makes it a bit easier that he does not attend our conference."
But Mara said that sentimentality should not stand in the way of football's decisions. For this reason, he was of the opinion that Eli Manning is still the quarterback of the team because of the sentimentality.
"I've read that, and I have to tell you that this really gets under your skin absolutely nonsense," said Mara. Of course, I have that, would I ever be discouraged from making a football decision? Absolutely not, and I can not believe that some of you are writing this.
"Me would never tell a coach or general manager that we have to keep this guy because we love him and because he did so much for the franchise. Decide if he can play or not. "
Manning, 38, is in the final year of his contract in 2019. Mara and table will be waiting to see how everything develops and what they want. It took one year at a time with the legendary Giants quarterback at this stage of his career Career. However, they believe that Manning can still be successful.
"Yes, I do," said Mara. "If we surround him with the right people." ,
Mara seems to be confused by the fact that the Giants' Manning Maning, Beckham's trade and signers Golden Tate and Antoine Bethea (two over-thirties veterans) are interviewing people who have their plan question
"I love this question. What is the plan? The plan is to build the team and do it better. I do not know why that's such a problem with you or with fans, to be honest, "said Mara. That is the plan. "
The Giants Know They Still Have Holes They have 12 picks in the upcoming draft and they are grazing the line as they compete and build for the future.
" They're trying to do both " Mara said, "They are trying to build the team and still be as competitive as possible. Obviously we have many holes to fill. We believe we have the draft of capital, at least to begin with.
Table said that after completion of the draft, some of these parts of the plan will be more apparent in six weeks, perhaps this means that the Giants will do so drafting a quarterback as Manning's successor on place 6 overall.
Or Maybe not.
"I'd like to get out of this draft with a quarterback," Mara said, before he insisted on it, unless the quarterbacks in this year's draft have scores from the first round.