Art Stapleton reports that Odell Beckham Jr still plans on attending the Giants’ minicamp next week and is not holding out for a new contract, despite the recent report that his absence from OTAs is contract related.
According to Stapleton, the Giants have not opened contract talks with Beckham Jr as of last night, but this doesn’t mean they don’t want to sign him to a new deal.
This was suspected, but it’s the first reported confirmation that Beckham Jr is trying to get a new contract from the Giants.
On Tuesday, Giants president John Mara said the team has yet to speak with Beckham Jr about a long-term extension, but he hopes to keep him in New York for the rest of his career.”
“Obviously we want him to be a Giant for the rest of his career,” Mara said, per Art Stapleton.
Beckham Jr is clearly in line for a massive contract extension at some point in the next year or so., as Beckham is already one of, in not, the best receivers in the NFL.
Beckham, 24, was taken with the No. 12 overall pick by the Giants back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $10,406,198 contract and stands to make a base salary of $1,839,02 for the 2017 season.
The fifth-year option will run the Giants $8,459,000, but is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.
In 2016, Beckham appeared in all 16 games for the Giants and caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 12 receiver out of 115 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a new deal for Beckham as the news is available.