Odell Beckham, Jr. was back in the building for the start of the Giants' offseason program on Monday morning, just as new coach Pat Shurmur said he always expected. For any other player, that would simply be treated as business as usual.
For Beckham, though, business is rarely "usual" and his return to East Rutherford, N.J., comes amid a wild swirl of speculation about his future with the team. So what does his presence mean? Will he be on the Giants in 2018? Will he eventually get a new, lucrative, long-term contract?
There'll be a time to figure all of that out, of course. For now, Shurmur is just focusing on what he considers the most important news of the day: Beckham, as promised, showed up.
"Yeah, you know I'm not overthinking this," Shurmur said on a conference call with the media, about 45 minutes before the first team meeting of his Giants career. "This is the first day of work. This is the first opportunity for all of us to be here together. I think it's important that Odell is here. I'm looking forward to him getting one day better by being here.
"And I'm looking forward to him inspiring some of his teammates to get better because he's here. He's a terrific player. I think we can all learn from one another."
Just how long Beckham will stick around to get better -- and help his teammates get better -- is an unanswered question. Beckham has skipped the offseason program in past years, choosing to work out on his own in Los Angeles. That's where he's been, for the most part, rehabbing his way back from October ankle surgery since the offseason began.
Beckham probably will head back there at some point -- Shurmur said he hadn't spoken to his star receiver about how long he plans to stay. The difference this time, though, is every move Beckham makes comes in the shadow of a crazy last few weeks, in which the Giants refused to commit to him being on their 2018 roster and purposely refused to squash the speculation that he might be traded. There was also a report that he'd hold out from all football activities until he gets the lucrative contract extension he's been seeking for years.
Shurmur said he's spoken several times to Beckham, including since the NFL owners meetings when the Beckham frenzy began. They've spoken about all the issues around him, including the infamous video where the receiver was caught in bed with a woman, a pepperoni pizza, and what looked to be drugs. And he said he's convinced that all of the recent controversies -- including the trade talk -- won't affect Beckham at all.
"I'm not worried about it," Shurmur said. "I really believe that Odell is a professional. He wants to be great. He understands the importance of the offseason. He's a competitive guy. We had already started communicating before all that information kind of got out there and was talked about to a great deal. He's a professional and I'm glad he's here today."