When general manager Dave Gettleman took the proposed trade of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the desk of New York Giants co-owner John Mara he was met with unexpected resistance.
Both Mara and fellow co-owner, Steve Tisch, didn’t want to trade Beckham initially, but Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur eventually sold them on the idea.
Mara and Tisch later signed off. Reluctantly.
For Mara, the decision to trade Odell became personal. When he told his grandchildren about the trade, they cried. And to this day, one is still giving him the silent treatment.
Beyond just the ire of his grandchildren, Mara admits the pain will continue when he sees Beckham succeeding at a high level with the Cleveland Browns.
More to come…