There is little doubt that New York Giants Odell Beckham, Jr. is one of the NFL’s most popular superstars. From commercials to spectacular grabs, he is easily recognizable in a game where that can be quite hard to achieve. Yet, his contract negotiations persist with the Giants due to the two teams disagreeing on his worth. According to sources, his agent and his team are likely disappointed with the outcome, as no deal has come.
It is indicated that the offer is for less than $16 million a year. That’s a ton of money, you’re probably thinking. But relatively speaking, it is being viewed as a slight by many due to the fact that it would not even make him one of the top five paid receivers in the league, behind the likes of Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans among others. And Beckham, while his team has not had the best of results lately, is one of the very best players in the league and will not be appreciating the stance given to him.
Still yet, he seemed to be optimistic last week when asked about, saying that a deal will take place like it always does. Then again, all of this could just be seen as a way to begin the negotiations. No one in business begins with the number they want to end on, so it could be just a case of that kind of thing going on. And then there’s the fact that Beckham has said before that he wants to be the game’s best paid player overall.
That would mean he’d need $30 million a year. That seems very unlikely, especially in his position. Receivers and running backs are just too expendable in the current league. In the end, a total somewhere in between that makes him the most paid player in his position seems most likely. Or it could just end up where he is franchised for a couple of years and then moves along in free agency. No matter what comes of it, it will be a story to keep an eye on for some time to come.