Giants QB Eli Manning has been through the long contract negotiation period, which is why he was blunt when saying it could be a distraction to star WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Speaking at the Guided Eyes annual golf outing at Mount Kisco Country Club on Monday, Manning flashbacked to three years ago when he signed a four-year, $84 million deal after negotiations that spanned throughout training camp. The deal was made only a couple days before the regular season kicked off.
For Beckham, the Giants could very well wait that long before they show him the dotted line. And it could affect what he decides to do this preseason.
"Unfortunately, it can," Manning told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "Even though it wasn't really something that was on my mind, you had to keep answering questions about it. It's not something I discussed with people, but for whatever reason it becomes an issue. I didn't harp on it. I didn't worry about it. But the fact that it's in the papers or you have to answer about it, it can become a hassle."
It is a good sign, though, that Beckham was present for his pre-mandatory minicamp physical on Monday. It was reported earlier that he was planning on attending the Giants' camp, and it shows more commitment on his part. He was present for a few OTAs and team practices so far this offseason.
Though all Giants players went through physicals, Beckham's may be the most important one considering his ankle injury from last season that he has been continuously rehabbing. Head coach Pat Shurmur said he's "pretty close" to being fully cleared for team drills, but we won't know until tomorrow what he is able to do with the team.
But, whether or not he can be on the field in the 11-on-11 drills, Manning knows exactly what the two can work on together.
"I think he's supposed to be able to maybe do a few things week, whether it's routes versus air or certain things to start working," Manning said. "A lot of the routes are very similar (to the past). There are a few that are a little different that we can start working on those and get the timing down."
So far, Beckham and Manning haven't been able to work too much on the field. Their interactions have been in meeting rooms instead.
"Very little on the field work," Manning said. "Got in the meeting rooms and he's been there for some of the walk-throughs. It's important for him to hear the plays, hear the formations, hear everything so he'll have a great idea of what's coming up. Really, just looking forward to him getting back healthy so we can get back on the field and start working."
As Manning and the rest of the Giants' organization want to see Beckham is 100 percent healthy sooner rather than later, Manning is also hoping a contract extension follows that same plan as well.
"Hopefully, obviously, everything with Odell and that (either) gets solved or something where you don't have to keep answering about it," Manning said.