Odell Beckham Jr. will be among those players in attendance when the New York Giants begin their voluntary offseason workout program Monday in East Rutherford.
The star wide receiver confirmed to The Record and NorthJersey.com on Sunday afternoon that he does plan on being at the team’s facility as the initial phase of the team’s offseason kicks off.
Beckham’s presence is certainly to show his commitment to head coach Pat Shurmur and the franchise as he continues to seek a lucrative long-term contract extension in the aftermath of an incredibly speculative two weeks or so in which his name has been bandied about in league-wide trade rumors.
He will be in the building for medical check-ins with the team’s training staff and will be able to open lines of communication from a football perspective with the coaches, in addition to catching up with teammates, many of whom have been away from the facility since last season ended.
Expect Beckham, 25, to continue his rehabilitation from ankle surgery and his speed training in Los Angeles as well this spring. He will participate in the Giants’ program, but will likely spend time on both coasts over the next two months.
Being with the Giants on Monday is significant, especially with Shurmur looking to implement a new offensive system and general manager Dave Gettleman hoping to gain further insight into a player such as Beckham, whom he did not draft, yet may ultimately commit up to an anticipated $100 million if the two sides can come to an agreement.
Beckham and Olivier Vernon notably spent much of the offseason training program last spring elsewhere and away from the team. Vernon is expected to be in attendance Monday as well.
According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team’s voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:
Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or OTAs.
No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
It’s still unclear if Beckham will be cleared for participation in any of those workouts, or if he will choose to participate if cleared without clarity regarding his future contract status.
Beckham is currently slated to earn $8.4 million this season as part of the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.
Shurmur met with Beckham in Los Angeles last month and came away from their conversations believing the latter would be in the building Monday.
Even though attendance is technically voluntary, Shurmur told reporters at the owners meetings in Orlando why he believes it is important — sharing part of the message he likely conveyed to Beckham and would to other veterans.
“I think it’s important,’’ Shurmur said. “When you build a chemistry, you can’t develop those relationships unless you’re working together, that’s why it’s super important you have a high attendance rate at the offseason. I know there’s a resistance sometimes, but players need to be there, especially when you’re adding new players, there’s new schemes, it’s really the best thing for them.”