Senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara — brother of co-owner John Mara — told Mad Dog Sports Radio that Gettleman’s voice will be heard loud and clear on major issues, such as Odell Beckham’s contract negotiations.
Beckham plans to attend Giants training camp as of now. But if the Giants do not scrap the one-year, $8.45 million deal for Beckham and replace it with a long-term extension as the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL by the start of training camp, there is a possibility of a holdout.
Stewart is a 10-year veteran and Pro Bowler who has seen up-close all of the league’s top players in that era. He was teammates with Smith, who ranks No. 12 in NFL history in receptions, for six seasons.
So how does Beckham compare?
Obviously one of the most freakishly talented athletic people I’ve ever seen touch a football. The routes he is running are very amazing, Stewart said. Steve Smith is one of those guys that come to mind as far as a guy who is a savage on the field. Odell definitely has that.
For years Luck has been a salmon swimming upstream in the Colts’ building, playing for a head coach who constantly referred to him as the quarterback – it always jarred me that in Pagano’s mind, Adam Vinatieri was Vinny, Darius Butler was D-Buts, and Andrew Luck was the quarterback – and playing for offensive coordinators and QB coaches who were hired because they were someone’s buddy (Pep Hamilton and Rob Chudzinski), or someone’s son (Brian Schottenheimer). Meatheads, all of them.
Now Luck is playing for a cutting-edge offensive coach, Reich, who last worked for Super Bowl-winning Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles, and with an even more innovative offensive coordinator in 36-year-old Nick Sirianni, who’s just out there as far as the way he sees and talks the game. And out there is right where the Colts need to be, to get the most out of a quarterback whose talent is superior but whose game was stagnating even before all those meatheads put him through a grinder that ultimately cost Luck the 2017 season.