The Giants have been trying to work out a contract extension with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for some time now, but they have had no success in ironing out the details. This didn’t worry OBJ though, who noted on his Twitter account that “Timing is everything.”
It appears that time is now, as reports indicate that the two parties have “made progress on what is expected to be a record-breaking contract.” It is expected that the specific details of this deal will be done by the time the regular season is underway.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans is currently the league’s highest-paid wideout in terms of guaranteed cash after signing a five-year, $82.5 million deal, and Antonio Brown leads the NFL with a compensation of $17 million annually, but that appears to be chump change to ODB. “I believe that I will be hopefully not just the highest-paid receiver in the league, but the highest paid, period,” said Beckham.
Odell Beckham Jr. has been the No. 1 wide receiver for the New York Giants for some time now. Despite being limited to four games last season with a nagging ankle injury, he is been extremely effective in his three years prior. In each of his first three seasons in the NFL, Beckham totaled 1,300+ yards and reached double-digit totals in the touchdown department. His best season as a pro came in 2015 when he finished with an astounding 1,450 yards on 96 receptions, including being responsible for thirteen trips to the end zone. He also experienced the longest reception of his career, an 87-yard masterpiece.
His numbers this early in his career are unprecedented not only within the Giants organization but the entire National Football League. He is the fastest player to reach 250 career receptions (38 games), 4,000 career receiving yards (42 games) and has the most receiving yards of any wideout in his first two NFL seasons with 2,744. The list goes on.
What he has been able to accomplish in his first few seasons as a pro is nothing short of amazing. In addition to being named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014, he is also a three-time Pro-Bowler and two-time Second-Team All-Pro. Keep in mind that Beckham is still only 25 years old. Although he hasn’t played in a preseason game yet, he reminded fans across the country why he is considered to be elite during the New York Giants minicamp.
If you are still questioning whether or not OBJ deserves the kind of contract he is seeking, I challenge you to take a look at the following video and name another player on planet Earth that could make this catch:
If and when Odell returns to full form, Saquon Barkley and himself will likely keep NFL coaches and players up at night wondering if it is even possible to slow this duo down.
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