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Pat Shurmur was ‘absolutely’ in favor of Odell Beckham trade

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The New York Giants made a huge decision this offseason to trade away their most talented offensive player, and that could make life more difficult for head coach Pat Shurmur in the short term. However, that does not mean he was opposed to the deal.

In an interview with Paul Schwartz of the New York Post on Wednesday, Shurmur was asked if he and Giants GM Dave Gettleman were on the same page with trading Beckham to the Cleveland Browns

“Absolutely,” Shurmur said. “Everything we do behind the scenes, coaching and roster building, is collaborative.”

Shurmur said he feels the Giants got a good return for Beckham with a first-round pick, a third-round pick, and starting safety Jabrill Peppers. He described the trade as “good for both parties” and said he wishes both Beckham and pass-rusher Olivier Vernon — whom the Giants also traded to the Browns in a separate deal — nothing but the best.

“I know from my standpoint on a personal level anybody I’ve ever worked with I wish the best for when they leave,” he said. “I’m hopeful O.V. and Odell can go to Cleveland, have an impact and help their team win games. That’s where it’s at.”

The Giants obviously felt good enough about Beckham to sign him to a $90 million contract prior to last season, but there was talk that OBJ became unhappy in New York and was starting to create problems. Shurmur said he would not comment on any of that, but Gettleman shed some light on the decision behind the trade earlier this week.

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