CLEVELAND, Ohio – Giants coach Pat Shurmur said on Wednesday that he was taking part in negotiations between Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns, and congratulated his new security player, Jabrill Peppers.
"Absolutely," Shurmur told the New York Post on Wednesday as part of his first public comment about Beckham trading. "Everything we do behind the scenes, the coaching and the constitution of the alignment, is collaborative."
Post's Paul Schwartz met with the former Browns head coach at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Ohio State, where he watched quarterback Dwayne Haskins and other Buckeyes coach their Pro Day. Beckham, after a tumultuous season, was traded to the Browns against choice # 17, Peppers and # 95.
"My reaction is always the case with the transactions, it's good for both parties," said Shurmur. "We are happy with what we have had. We had a safety start, we had a first round pick and we had our third round pick. We thought it was good for us and, as we were able to reach an agreement, Cleveland thought it was good for them. "
He declined to comment on Beckham's misery in New York.
"It's a better question for him," he said. "I have enjoyed knowing it, coaching it and it's only sport at the moment." It is the business period of the year and it happens to all teams. No team starts the season with the same look. "
As for Peppers, Shurmur studied it when it came out of Michigan in 2017, when the Browns finally made him the number 25 pick in the overall standings.
"I like his way of playing, he can play low, he can play high, he kicks back and hits," said Shurmur. "For me, he's a football player. I like him. He's a young player, I think his best football is in front of him. He has already shown us some things he could do for us. "
The clubs have integrated Kevin Zeitler's previous deal against Olivier Vernon in the agreement with Beckham for a blockbuster deal.
"As for Odell and even O.V., it was a deal," said Shurmur. "Personally, I know that I wish the best to everyone I have ever worked with, when they leave. I hope O.V. and Odell can go to Cleveland, make an impact and help their team win games. That's where it happens. "