New York Giants standout receiver Odell Beckham Jr. finally got the compensation he was looking for. Reports indicate that the Giants organization and OBJ have agreed to terms on a 5-year, $90 million mega contract extension, $65 million of which is fully guaranteed. The contract also stipulates that he could earn up to $5 million in additional incentives.
This deal makes him the highest paid wide receiver of all-time, and the Giants have no problem with securing their star wideout for the long term.
“You can’t force things, it’s a negotiation. It’s a back and forth, both sides have to be intentional and thoughtful, which we were,” said Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman. “It was great negotiating, it was a very good give and take with Kevin (Abrams) and Zeke (Sandhu). We got to the right answer as far as I’m concerned.”
OBJ has been saying for a long time that he wanted to be the highest paid receiver in the league, and it seems as though he spoke this goal into existence.
He spoke a bit on how he felt after signing the extension in the Giants press release:
“Honestly, I don’t even know how to explain it,” Beckham said. “I don’t know if it’s a relief, I don’t know – it’s a combination of everything. You’ve worked all your life to get to this point and it’s finally here. I have to thank Mr. Mara, Steve Tisch, Mr. Gettleman, coach (Pat) Shurmur, Eli (Manning), all the guys I played with in the past years. Everybody was really a part of this—my mom, my dad, my family, everybody who was supporting me through this. It’s just such an amazing feeling, I can’t even explain. Most importantly, I have to thank God for being able to put me back together mentally, physically, spiritually. This is just truly amazing; I don’t even know the right words to describe.
He now tops Antonio Brown as the wealthiest wide receiver in the NFL and has undoubtedly earned his cash. In his first three NFL seasons, the three-time Pro Bowler totaled 1,300+ yards, 90+ receptions, and 10+ touchdowns, surpassing several league records in the process.
After the deal went down, OBJ and his teammates had a field day. They couldn’t hold in their excitement as their teammate and friend made NFL history.
The future is certainly bright for this 25-year-old star, who still has lots of time left to earn his new contract after an injury-plagued 2017 campaign.
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