Tag: Eli Manning

Odell Beckham Jr. Secures the Bag

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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Former New York Giant Victor Cruz Retires

According to reports, Former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has decided to hang up his cleats and begin a new chapter in his life as an analyst for ESPN.

Cruz’s story is one that no one will soon forget. Undrafted out of the University of Massachusetts, he was signed by the Giants in the preseason. He was fighting for a roster spot, way down in the depth chart at the wide receiver position. Coupled by his stellar play and some injuries to other wideouts, Big Blue decided to keep him around. He worked his way up from the bottom and would go on to be an important part of New York’s success for years to come.

In his first full two seasons with the Giants, Cruz recorded 1,536 yards with 9 touchdowns, and 1,092 yards along with ten touchdowns, respectively. However, 2011 was clearly the more memorable for the former Pro-Bowler. In that year, he earned Second Team All-Pro honors for his outstanding performance during the season and even tied an NFL record that will stand as long as the clock continues to turn, recording a 99-yard reception on Christmas Eve against the other team that represents the Big Apple, the New York Jets.

Cruz along with the rest of his teammates would eventually go on to win the Super Bowl that year, taking down Tom Brady and the New England Patriots yet again. He performed well in the big game given Belichek’s specific instructions to his defense to shut him down completely to force Eli’s hand to get his secondary options more involved. Cruz caught every ball thrown at him, totaling four receptions for 25 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass for the first end zone trip of the game for either team.

Now that his career is officially over, Cruz intends to pursue other opportunities in football at ESPN. “As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,” said Cruz. “I’m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.”

 

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