Odell Beckham Jr. will probably be paid like he is the best participant in Giants historical past. Will he begin behaving prefer it?
That is the query now, and this has little to do with occurs after the ball is snapped and Eli Manning drops again to move. Beckham’s excellence as a receiver, unprecedented for this franchise and the NFL, is why the Giants had been keen to set all kind of information with this contract.
The Giants not solely gave Beckham extra assured cash ($65 million) than any participant at his place had ever obtained, they topped the earlier excessive that Tampa’s Mike Evans obtained by a full $10 million.
Beckham needed to earn a cool $20 mil a season? Effectively, the Giants gave him a $19-million common, which is $2 million greater than the Steelers gave a much more achieved Antonio Brown.
UPDATE: The most recent particulars of the contract present that it is loaded with incentives, making the common $18 million.
There is a purpose OBJ was dancing like a loopy man within the crew’s locker room on Monday afternoon. The Giants confirmed up on the negotiating desk with a smile and a clean examine, ending any concern of a holdout two weeks earlier than the season opener.
The crew, specifically co-owner John Mara and common supervisor Dave Gettleman, lived as much as their finish of the cut price — after which some. Now it is on Beckham to do the identical. Now that he’s being paid just like the face of the franchise, he should behave prefer it.
Beckham has been on his greatest conduct this offseason. He confirmed up when the crew requested him. He stated all the precise issues in his transient periods with the press. I consider him when he stated, earlier in coaching camp, that the ankle harm that sidelined him final season shook him to his core.
“I keep in mind the nights falling asleep downstairs, having to stand up to my room and actually having to crawl up three flights of stairs to stand up to my room,” Beckham stated then. “So having the ability to stroll once more, having the ability to do the little issues, I am very appreciative of having the ability to be again on the market.”
It is easy to be a mannequin citizen in August. The actual take a look at will come through the season, when the Giants face adversity for the primary time. Beckham has to place an finish to the wall punching, and the kicking-net fights, and the cage matches with opposing cornerbacks, and sure, the dog-pee celebrations.
In a phrase, the nonsense.
Simply as Beckham was placing pen to paper on that contract, ESPN was reporting that a rival crew had employed a non-public investigator to trace him through the short-lived spring fantasy that the Giants entertain commerce gives. Issues about his conduct aren’t just a few made-up talk-radio story. They’re actual.
The Giants seemed previous them to make this deal, not that that they had a selection. From the second Gettleman walked into the constructing and opted for a win-now method regardless of a 3-13 roster and a 37-year-old quarterback, this transaction was the one final result. The Giants needed to tie up Beckham and make him pleased as a result of the crew goes nowhere with out him.
Now, so long as he stays wholesome and working again Saquon Barkley lives as much as the hype, the Giants arguably can have essentially the most thrilling group of expert gamers within the NFL locked up for the subsequent few seasons. If Manning can discover the fountain of youth, it must be a weekly present at MetLife Stadium.
Beckham, in the meantime, has an opportunity to place himself on the brief record of iconic New York athletes. From the second he stepped on the sphere, it was apparent that he had all the pieces he wanted to be a transcendent star right here — the expertise, the charisma, the it issue.
The one factor that’s going to cease Beckham from reaching these heights is Beckham himself. He’s locked up for the prime of the profession, with the Giants telling him that sometime they hope they will be carving his face on their crew Mount Rushmore proper subsequent to L.T., Eli and Gifford.
Now it is as much as Beckham to behave like he belongs there.