Odell Beckham Jr. Considering Holdout?

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. appears to be threatening a holdout, as he is reportedly unlikely to play in 2018 without a contract extension, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link).

Beckham’s reported stance is being made public just one day after Giants owner John Mara said he is “tired of answering questions about” Beckham’s behavior and refused to say that “anybody is untouchable.” The 25-year-old superstar was involved in controversy earlier this month, as he was witnessed in a video which may have contained drug use.

While New York almost surely won’t release Beckham, Mara said a “possibility” exists that OBJ could play out his rookie deal without a new contract. Beckham, though, doesn’t appear amenable to such a scenario, especially given that he’s coming off a fractured ankle which limited him to just four games last season. Scheduled to earn roughly $8.5MM for the upcoming campaign, Beckham will likely target a top-end wide receiver deal with an annual salary approaching $17MM+.

The Giants could conceivably trade Beckham, although it’s unclear what kind of return they could expect. NFL executives suggested wildly different offers to Mike Sando of ESPN.com, with some decision-makers saying New York could reap two first-round picks, with others indicating the Marcus Peters package — a second-rounder and a fourth-rounder — is more likely.

During his first three seasons in the league, Beckham was one of the more productive young wideouts in NFL history. From 2014-16, Beckham totaled 288 receptions, 4,122 yards, and 35 touchdowns, figures which rank first, second, and fourth, respectively, among wide receivers in NFL history during the first three seasons of their respective careers.

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17 comments on “Odell Beckham Jr. Considering Holdout?

  1. carlos15

    Holding out after an injured season with a poorly timed video showing poor behavior seems like a brash move.

    • Perksy

      Well it’s Beckham. Would you expect anything less guess? It’s all about him.

  2. itslonelyatthetrop

    I would be surprised if he didn’t hold out of OTAs and training camp. It’s just good poker.

  3. mrpadre19

    I wonder what Tom Coughlin thinks of Odell?
    Obviously knows him well but is also a no nonsense Exec.Lord knows the Jags could use him!

    • Perksy

      Sounds good to me. We’ll trade you our No.2 pick Beckham, for your two first rounders, one second rounder, and next years first round.

  4. ruckus727

    Great player. And a douche bag. Not sure if I’d really want him or not on my team. Tough call. I certainly wouldn’t give 2 first rounders for him.

  5. Ramon Garciaparra

    Time to move on. This guy is too much of a distraction. Too many antics. Either trade him for a couple of picks or just ignore him. Giants have proven they can lose very easily with him or without him so let’s just draft a couple of wr’s and go forward without all the theatrics.

  6. Roll

    Could he be this generations TO? Like everyone said he is immensely talented but has a big head and ego. Wasnt he trying at practice last offseason to catch everything one handed and dropping passes all over the place?

    • ships1941

      Went to workout last year, dopey tried to catch about 12 passes one handed, really.
      The Giants are old school so he has to become more mature.

    • Polish Hammer

      Oh yeah, him and Josh Gordon will make an unbeatable combination….out partying and all…

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