Odell Beckham Jr.

Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. Yet To Begin Serious Extension Discussions

Despite Odell Beckham Jr. having become extension-eligible in January 2017, he and the Giants aren’t far along in contract discussions.

The Giants have held preliminary talks with Beckham about what would have to be a monstrous re-up, but Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv reports no serious negotiations have begun. This comes on the heels of Beckham saying he’ll be at Giants camp, but some caveats exist regarding that pledge. The sides have not been close on terms in these early conversations.

Beckham’s camp, per Vacchiano, does not believe the Giants are willing to participate in serious talks at this time, despite the wideout’s status and contributions to the team. The Giants want to see their top weapon on the field to make sure he’s the same player after undergoing season-ending ankle surgery last year.

Beckham’s side would like the Giants to open serious discussions and be amenable to meeting the wideout halfway regarding his deal demands, Vacchiano reports. It’s been reported Beckham’s had a good rapport with New York’s new coaching staff, but at this juncture, it does not appear that’s translating into legitimate extension talks.

Pat Shurmur said Beckham had been cleared for minicamp action, but Beckham did not participate in team drills last week. He has, however, been present for most of the Giants’ offseason workouts, while fellow extension-anglers Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald have not shown up at their respective teams’ sessions.

Vacchiano writes that a Beckham holdout half-measure could involve the wideout refusing to participate in team drills at training camp, which would be approximately nine months since his surgery. Beckham did not look limited by his surgically repaired ankle during his individual drills, so the Giants would surely take that as a sign of discontent if he were to take this route. Shurmur said he expects Beckham to be 100 percent by the time the Giants begin camp.

Beckham’s on pace to become the greatest wide receiver in this franchise’s near-100-year history. His three full seasons all rank in the top five in Giants history, with only Victor Cruz‘s 2011 outpacing Beckham’s best work. But his demands have long been believed to be immense, which makes sense given his age and superstar status.

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Extra Points: Beckham, Luck, Browns, Hawks

On Day 1 of the true NFL offseason, here’s the latest, beginning with a difference from Odell Beckham Jr.‘s 2017 situation in which the Giants’ star pass-catcher currently finds himself.

  • Beckham hasn’t joined 2014 draft-class peers Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald and Taylor Lewan in holding out. He showed up for Giants minicamp and said he would be there for training camp. His standing in the organization may be on the rise, too. One new Giants coach told SI.com’s Albert Breer that Beckham “has been awesome” to the new personnel in the building. Breer said the perennial Pro Bowl wideout will have more people in the organization going to bat for him during these negotiations than was the case last year. The talks, though, aren’t progressing at this point.
  • This offseason’s gone much more smoothly for Andrew Luck than his initial post-shoulder surgery months did. Breer notes the Colts quarterback made it about 5 1/2 months in 2017 before enduring setbacks, ones that ultimately erased his ’17 season. Now, Luck is throwing again, having privately participated in a post-minicamp workout Friday, per Breer. While Luck still has some significant obstacles to navigate, the Colts’ new coaching staff isn’t concerned about his timeline. The team, though, will give Luck days off during training camp, Breer reports, and organize his reps like they’d be distributed during the regular season.
  • One reason the Browns opted for Denzel Ward over Bradley Chubb, who they had rated alongside one another on the non-quarterback sector of their draft board: a belief in third-year defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. A Sashi Brown-era investment, Ogbah played well before breaking his foot last November. The new-look Browns are high on Ogbah having a strong season opposite Myles Garrett, Terry Pluto of cleveland.com notes.
  • Byron Maxwell‘s enjoyed an up-and-down career, but as of now, he’s the favorite to start opposite Shaquill Griffin for the Seahawks, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com notes. He will be playing the same spot he did in Super Bowl XLIX, right cornerback, after the team moved Griffin to Richard Sherman‘s old left corner position. Maxwell’s experience on the right side was one of the reasons the Seahawks relocated Griffin, Pete Carroll said.
  • Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal is eligible for the supplemental draft, and ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter already posited he could be the highest-drafted player in this summer event since Josh Gordon went in the 2012 second round. Scouts have also raved about Beal, with Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com reporting evaluators he spoke to assigned a first-round grade to the defender. While this grade was contingent on his entering the regular 2019 draft, a team figures to give up one of its 2019 selections in order to draft Beal in the supplemental event. Offensive lineman Isaiah Battle was the last player chosen in the supplemental draft; the Rams used a fifth-round pick on him in 2015.

Beckham, Giants Far Apart On Extension

Odell Beckham Jr. said earlier Saturday he would not hold out from training camp, taking a different line from some of his fellow high-profile 2014 first-round peers. But that doesn’t mean everything’s good on this front.

The Giants’ best player is entering a contract year and has been angling for an extension for some time. As of now, the sides are not close on terms, with Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv reporting there has been “no movement” in these re-up talks as of late.

Beckham plans to report to Giants training camp on time, but a source informed Vacchiano those plans could change if his contract negotiations continue to stall. The 25-year-old wide receiver showed up for OTAs and minicamp, despite recovering from an injury and with Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald skipping their respective teams’ offseason activities. But this impasse has generated headlines for some time.

Beckham seeks a contract that surpasses Antonio Brown‘s and makes him the league’s highest-paid pass-catcher. Although Beckham has no first-team All-Pro appearances on his resume, compared to Brown’s four, he has an obvious case to be this position’s highest-paid player. He’s four years younger than Brown and is vital to a Giants team that’s just made it clear it still believes in Eli Manning. For Big Blue’s offense to excel, it will need Beckham.

Big Blue is set to pay its No. 1 wide receiver $8.4MM this season on a fifth-year option. Brown earns $17MM per year. A $100MM pact for Beckham has been mentioned in this lengthy saga. It’s unclear exactly where Beckham wants to take the market, but 2014 draftee Mike Evans signed for $16.5MM annually earlier this year. That almost certainly won’t cut it with Beckham, but it may be clear the Giants — at least, at this juncture — do not view a deal that far surpasses that as realistic.

In the latter stages of his rehab from a broken ankle, Beckham ran routes but did not participate in team drills at minicamp. The Giants did not invest too much in the receiver position this offseason. They released Brandon Marshall and did not draft a wideout, perhaps showing confidence they can come to terms with Beckham — a trade-rumor subject earlier this offseason — before the start of the regular season. Although Dave Gettleman‘s taken hardline stances with Panthers players in the past, John Mara hasn’t made it a secret what he thinks about the LSU alum’s abilities.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Says He Won’t Hold Out

There’s no need to worry, Giants fans. While we previously heard reports that Odell Beckham Jr. would likely attend Giants training camp, the receiver has confirmed the news himself. The 25-year-old told Ralph Vacchiano that he’ll indeed be at Giants camp and won’t be holding out (Twitter link).

Beckham, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury last year, had received clearance to participate in Giants work outs earlier this week. However, the wideout decided to skip team drills, focusing instead on progressing his recovery. The Pro Bowler is still hoping to participate in 11-on-11 drills by training camp, and reports indicated that the star receiver and the team were on the same page.

Of course, just because Beckham isn’t planning a hold out doesn’t mean he isn’t eyeing a brand-new contract. The receiver is set to earn nearly $8.5MM next season before hitting unrestricted free agency, and he’d surely opt for a lucrative long-term deal with the Giants considering his recent injury history. However, if New York isn’t willing to hand Beckham one of the largest contracts of all time, the receiver might be willing to play out the 2018 season and test his market next offseason.

Following three straight seasons with at least 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns, Beckham was limited to only 25 receptions for 302 yards and three touchdowns in 4 games (two starts) last season.

NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Eagles, Giants

Many are fretting about the Cowboys‘ lack of a true No. 1 wide receiver, but newcomer Allen Hurns is not among them.

As far as this locker, to ourselves or in the meeting rooms, we don’t talk about that at all,” said Hurns (via Charean Williams of PFT). “The main thing for us is we come in and compete and try to earn our job. I feel like we’ve got a lot of guys who’ve got to come in and prove ourselves regardless. It’s motivation, but that’s not our main motivation. Our main motivation is to come in and be great. Me, I’m not coming off my best year. That’s the same with Beas. He didn’t have his best year last year. Same with TWill [Terrance Williams] and Tavon [Austin]. The list goes on. We’re not coming off our best year. Being young guys coming into the league, you’ve got something to prove. That’s not our main motivation, but it does add fuel to the fire.”

Hurns is the Cowboys’ only receiver with a 1,000-yard campaign to his credit, and that was back in 2015. Many see that as cause for concern, but then again, quarterback Dak Prescott has been known to move the ball around in his offense.

Here’s more from the NFC East:

  • Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said he expects all his players to be at training camp. He added that there is ‘no reason to believe’ Odell Beckham won’t be able to do everything at practice (Twitter link via Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com). For now, Beckham seems on course to attend training camp even as he pressures the team for a monster multi-year extension.
  • The Cowboys worked out defensive end Jimmy Bean this week, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Bean was on the Raiders’ practice squad in 2016 and recovering from an injury last year. This marked the second time Dallas has worked him out, though he has been reached just yet.
  • This week, the Redskins wrapped up their draft class by signing third-round tackle Geron Christian.

Latest On Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr.‘s received clearance to work out with the Giants, and the superstar wide receiver has expanded his drill repertoire since OTAs. But Beckham still has a bit of progress to make before being full-go.

The fifth-year wideout is running routes after bypassing that portion of practices at OTAs, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. Although Pat Shurmur said Beckham has been cleared for minicamp work, New York’s top weapon is not participating in team drills.

Upon clearing Beckham, the Giants hoped he would be able to participate in some team work this week, Josina Anderson of ESPN.com tweets, but he’s being held out of such activity. Anderson reports Beckham’s preference is to abstain from team reps this week and continue his progression, with the obvious goal to return to 11-on-11 work come training camp. Beckham has reported to the Giants, taking the opposite route of 2014 first-rounders Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack, but the ankle injury that ended his 2017 season will still limit him.

The Giants and Beckham are on the same page regarding this process, Kimberly Jones of NFL.com tweets, adding this course of action has been the plan since April.

Cleared to practice. Cleared to practice. Let’s not worry about it,” Shurmur said. “He’s cleared to practice, and that’s what he was doing. … He’s out there practicing. If you all wanna count the reps, go ahead. But he was out there practicing. He’s cleared to practice. … I don’t necessarily think it helps anybody to play the word game here.”

Beckham remains in pursuit of a likely landmark extension, which is likely affecting the measured progression here. He’s one of several 2014 draftees in that boat presently.

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NFC East Notes: Eagles, Giants, OBJ, Cowboys

The emergence of cornerback De’Vante Bausby could create an interesting scenario for the Eagles, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com writes. Last week, Bausby was spotted running with the first-team defense as the nickel cornerback over Sidney Jones. Jones’ spot on the roster is secure, but Bausby’s play could force the Eagles to either carry six cornerbacks or trade one of the CBs ahead of him on the depth chart.

Speculatively, Shorr-Parks wonders if Ronald Darby could be displaced. The Eagles wouldn’t cut him outright, but he would make some sense as a trade candidate since he is entering his contract year.

Here’s more from the NFC East:

OBJ Plans To Attend Giants Minicamp

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. plans to attend the team’s minicamp, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The mandatory minicamp gets underway on Tuesday. 

Beckham participated in a portion of the Giants’ voluntary OTAs earlier this year, but his plans for mandatory minicamp have been unclear. OBJ is pushing for a new contract extension, and some believed that he would skip minicamp and absorb a significant fine in order to send a message to the Giants. Of course, OBJ’s plans could always change and attendance doesn’t necessarily equal participation. The wide receiver still needs to gain medical clearance on the broken ankle he suffered in 2017.

For now, Beckham is slated to make $8.45MM this season. He’s pushing for a multi-year contract that would likely eclipse the deal signed by Bucs star Mike Evans, which would give him upwards of $82.5MM in total. OBJ’s camp will likely ask for a deal in excess of $90MM and could even try for something in the $100MM range, with 40% of the deal fully guaranteed.

In each of his first three seasons, Beckham had more than 90 catches, 1,300 yards, and ten touchdowns. Last year, Beckham’s injury shut him down after just four contests.

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NFC Notes: Beckham, Rams, Pierre-Paul

Lots has been written about Giants All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and his contract. Beckham has stayed away from the team this offseason as he angles for a longterm deal. He’s also still rehabbing from a devastating ankle injury that cost him most of the 2017 season, but expects to be fully cleared soon.

The ankle may have something to do with why the Giants have been slow to engage Beckham in extension talks, writes Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. Vacchiano thinks the Giants want Beckham to prove he’s fully healthy and capable of being the same explosive player he was before the injury before they commit to him longterm, writing in regards to his ankle “yes, that is one of the reasons contract negotiations haven’t really gotten going.”

Vacchiano thinks it “would be crazy to give Beckham the kind of money he wants – perhaps $20 million per year, perhaps as much as $60 million guaranteed and $100 million total – without being absolutely sure he’s fully healthy and the same player.” It will be interesting to see if the Giants do indeed play hardball with Beckham, and Beckham’s situation will surely be one of the biggest stories in the league this summer.

Here’s more from around the NFC:

  • Jason Pierre-Paul didn’t show up for a single OTA practice, according to Jenna Laine of ESPNBuccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said it wasn’t a huge deal that Pierre-Paul didn’t show up, but it’s certainly not ideal for a team that traded two draft picks to acquire the defensive end. Laine did report that Pierre-Paul is expected to be with the team for their mandatory minicamp.
  • The Rams are the only remaining defendant in Reggie Bush‘s lawsuit after the city of St. Louis was dismissed from the case, according to Joel Currier of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Bush is claiming the Rams are responsible for slippery concrete that caused him to suffer a season-ending knee injury when he was with the 49ers.
  • In case you missed it, it appears that David Johnson and the Cardinals may soon iron out an extension for the star running back.

OBJ No-Shows Giants OTAs

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. no-showed the Giants’ practices on Monday, as Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com writes. That’s potentially a bad sign for the team as the club’s mandatory three-day minicamp kicks off next week. 

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While OTAs are voluntary, abstaining from mandatory minicamp would mean that OBJ would be on the hook for significant fines. A $70K fine should be enough to motivate Beckham to show, but that’s also relative chump change when considering the type of contract he’s trying to elicit from the Giants.

Beckham, who is slated to make $8.45MM this season, is pushing for a multi-year contract that would likely reset the market for wide receivers. It’s safe to say that deal would be worth roughly $90MM and there has been talk of a mega deal that could approach $100MM. Earlier this year, Bucs standout Mike Evans inked a $82.5MM deal ($38.3MM in full guarantees) with the Bucs, which sets a very favorable comp for OBJ.

Beckham has been working out in the Los Angeles area this offseason, but he’s scheduled to return to New Jersey on June 16 and 17 for a youth football camp. The Giants’ mandatory camp will take place from June 12-14.

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