INDIANAPOLIS — This is called a preemptive strike.
Without being asked, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman stood at a podium Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine and had a statement to make.
“I’ll say this, it’s a repeat of what I said at my postseason presser: We didn’t sign Odell to trade him. OK? So I know that’s all over the place.
“So understand that. That’s all I need to say about that.’’
Yes, indeed, trade talk and Odell Beckham Jr. are all over the place, surfacing again last week. It got cranked up last year at the NFL owners’ meetings and the Giants did take calls about their star receiver, though nothing close to a deal ever materialized. Gettleman is the only one who can quash the rumors and end the speculation.
“First of all, why is it my responsibility to eliminate that speculation?’’ he asked. “You guys can say anything, get it cooking around the table and now I got to answer that. Am I wrong? No, I’m not wrong.
“Well, you guys got to write about something, I guess. Speculate all you want, I’ve already made my statement on that.’’
Coach Pat Shurmur said he is looking forward to seeing Beckham back at the team facility in April and expressed no concern that their relationship is frayed in any way.
“I think it’s good, I really do,’’ Shurmur said. “I’ve communicated with him frequently in the last few weeks. It’s good. It’s solid. He’s like many of our other players, he’s off living — I think he’s in California now, but he travels quite a bit. But he does a great job of staying in shape and I look forward to having him back.”
Gettleman was asked about waiting for the already heralded 2020 quarterback class and his response made it clear he does not approve of the Knicks’ strategy for getting Zion Williamson in the NBA draft.
“At the end of the day, you can’t say to yourself, ‘I’m gonna get ’em next year,’ ” Gettleman said. “You evaluate the [quarterbacks] and you take the guy when the time is — when you believe he’s the guy and it’s at the right spot. You can’t worry about the future.
“I look at the NBA, OK? And everybody says, ‘Oh you gotta tank. We’re gonna tank and we’re gonna get this great player.’ What NBA team has tanked and it’s worked?’’
When the 76ers were mentioned, Gettleman quickly interjected, “When they win a championship, [we] can have a discussion.But until that happens, it hasn’t worked. So at the end of the day, if the right guy is there at the right time who we think is the right guy, we’ll pull the plug.”
One of the quarterbacks at the combine holds a special place in Shurmur’s heart. His son, Kyle, is participating after starting at Vanderbilt the past three seasons.
“The Vanderbilt quarterback,’’ Shurmur said. “Well, I’m extremely proud of him. He’s made great decisions. He did an excellent job in high school giving himself the opportunity to go to a place like Vanderbilt. He graduated in 3 ¹/₂ years. Helped them win games. He’s a good player.”