Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters on Thursday that they’re hoping to open extension talks with Odell Beckham Jr’s agent “sooner rather than later.”
“This was the timing that we always had in mind. Odell has grown personally. He came in with the right mindset, a smile on his face, and that certainly had an effect on our mindset.”
Beckham officially reported for the start of training camp this week and has done everything he could to best position himself for a long-term extension.
It will still be interesting to see how the team handles negotiations with Beckham in the coming weeks.
The Giants will have the franchise tag at their disposal next year if they can’t get a deal done before then.
Beckham, 25, was taken with the No. 12 overall pick by the Giants back in 2014. He played out the final year of his four-year, $10,406,198 contract but the Giants picked up his fifth-year option last year.
Beckham stands to make a base salary of $8,459,000 for the 2018 season before becoming an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career next year.
In 2017, Beckham Jr’s season was cut short when he suffered a season-ending injury. He caught 25 passes for 302 yards receiving and three touchdowns over the course of four games.
We have him featured in our Top 25 – 2019 NFL Free Agents list.