ORLANDO Giants co-owner Steve Tisch sounded Monday afternoon like he was yearning for Odell Beckham Jr. to get on the same page with the organization but that he recognizes it might not happen.
Tisch most interestingly said that “at the moment, conversations between Dave Gettleman and Odell’s representatives are at the earliest, most premature stages,” which along with co-owner John Mara’s Sunday comments created the obvious impetus for Beckham’s reported holdout threat Monday morning.
And Tisch colorfully provided his take on Beckham’s latest viral video, his future with the team, and the critical juncture at which the Giants now find themselves with their star receiver. Here’s what Tisch had to say:
“My take is at the moment it’s hypothetical. We have not been contacted by anyone representing Odell making that comment or suggesting that’s something he will do. So my reaction to it is just, it’s another hypothetical situation in a number of hypothetical situations. Odell’s contract will be negotiated at the appropriate time. So to speculate on the what-if’s and the what would you do and if this happens what’ll happen, I can’t do that. It’s not realistic and it’s not in anyone’s best interest.”
“Personally, my nature is to be an optimist, and I would like to have Odell on the Giants this coming season. He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s a great player. So I do hope that Odell is with the Giants for the 2018 season. I would like that very much.”
“Eh, sort of background noise. It’s something I’m not paying much attention to. I didn’t look at it. Maybe I didn’t have those seven seconds in my life to pay attention to it. But I’m not concerned about that.”
“I would like for Odell and every other team member of Odell’s, every Giant player, to be on the Giants for as long as they contribute and have a role to play, both in the locker room and on the field. And Odell is certainly one of those players who I think has made and continues to make great contributions, certainly on the field, and I want him to know that his teammates want him to be productive, certainly our fans want him to be productive, and very honestly ownership wants him to be productive.”
“Odell’s been spending some time in Los Angeles and I ran into him by coincidence one night but the conversation wasn’t about football, which was certainly good.”
“I think there’s a fine line between when it’s good for business and when that line is crossed and it can become bad for business. I’ve learned in the entertainment business and in the football business a lot of how well we do, how well the players do, how well the teams do, are in a way fan driven. Whether it’s my next Denzel Washington movie, I want to get moviegoers in theater seats, the 2018 Giants season I want to get Giants fans in seats in MetLife Stadium. When too much becomes too much I think everybody’s aware of it, and I hope we don’t get to that point and cross that line.”
“It’s not been too much yet, but I think because there’s so much conversation about him, I just want everyone to pull back and realize that we will negotiate when the time to negotiate comes. I think he knows what he has to do to to contribute to this team. I mean Odell is not the only player in the NFL who’s on a team making contributions. I think every player that plays in the NFL knows what the expectations of not only ownership is, the expectations their teammates have, certainly their fans have, and it’s a big responsibility but this is part of playing in the NFL.”
“The draft is still four weeks away, four-and-a-half weeks away. John, Dave Gettleman, Kevin Abrams, Pat Shurmur and I have not sat down yet and sort of gone through it player by player, opportunity by opportunity. We certainly will start that process after these meetings next week. And we’re in a very cool position to have the No. 2 draft pick. We have a lot of options and I think with Shurmur and Gettleman being rookies, I think it’s a great opportunity for the team to go into this draft with options and two very fresh points of view coming from the new GM and head coach.”
“His table manners, unbelievable. He was brought up very well. He’s a very charismatic young man.”
On if Giants are blowing it up, as ESPN reported: “I think that expression blowing up is overused and I think it can have sort of a negative connotation. I think a lot of the moves that Dave has made in bringing in a number of really exciting free agents, bringing in Ogletree on the trade, I think it’s going to enhance the team. I’m very excited about how our new defensive coordinator starts to work with his players. I mean Giants 2018 I’m very excited about, and I hope the fans will share my enthusiasm now and as the season progresses we give them a product they want.”