For the first time since the New York Giants shipped wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. off the the Cleveland Browns, one of his biggest proponents, head coach Pat Shumur, addressed the move.

While attending Ohio State’s Pro Day on Wednesday, Shurmur acknowledged that he was in full support of general manager Dave Gettleman and the decision to send both Beckham and linebacker Olivier Vernon to the Midwest.

“Absolutely,” Shurmur told the New York Post. “Everything we do behind the scenes, coaching and roster building, is collaborative.

“My reaction is always the case with trades, it’s good for both parties. We feel good about what we got. We got a starting safety, we got a first-round pick and we got our third-round pick. We felt it was good for us and, because we were able to come to an agreement, Cleveland thought it was good for them.”

On a personal level, Shurmur was sad to see Beckham go. The two had grown close over the past year and right up until the bitter end, Shurmur was reportedly Beckham’s most committed advocate.

“With regard to Odell and even O.V., it was business. I know from my standpoint on a personal level anybody I’ve ever worked with I wish the best for when they leave,” Shurmur 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.”

As far as the state of the Giants, Shurmur, like Gettleman, refuses to call it a “rebuild,” but rather, just a “build.”

“We’ve gone into this offseason knowing we have to build,” Shurmur added. “I don’t like the word ‘rebuild.’ We’re building. Dave has a plan, we have a plan and we’re just moving forward.

“There’s been a lot of changes. When Dave and I talk about this we want to bring in guys to help make our team better. Playing last year we were close in a lot of ways but we shined a bright light on the fact what’s needed to get better and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

The Giants had a lot of building to do before, and there’s no denying that even more building has to be done now that Beckham and Vernon are no longer with the team.