Odell Beckham, Jr. knows his worth, and the N.Y. Giants probably do, too.
Beckham has been skipping the Giants’ OTA’s, or organized team practice activity, which players seem to do every year. Instead, the wide receiver is spending his offseason bowling with Iggy Azalea and practicing with Johnny Manziel.
But finally we have a real reason why Beckham has been so distant from the organization lately. And it’s because of the money. While the Giants (nor anyone in the wide receiver’s camp) has confirmed anything, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said sources have admitted that Beckham is angling for a new contract.
The 24-year-old superstar does have a point because he’s still under his rookie contract and is only set to make $1.84 million this season. To put that in perspective, the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s DeSean Jackson will pull in $11 million. Despite the deal he just signed with Nike, Beckham is still grossly underpaid for being one of the best wide receivers in league, On top of that, his personality sells tickets.
But the Giants aren’t too worried.
He’s still under contract for the next two seasons so not much can be done. But Beckham skipping OTAs does send a message to the Giants’ front office and lights the fire under their asses to start talking about contract extensions to invest in the future of the franchise.
Giants owner John Mara just publicly said he wants Beckham to be Giant for life, but they haven’t talked money yet.
Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown is making $17 milly a year, and with Beckham being a comparable talent, he should be making about the same.
Oh, and #13’s handles are still intact, Big Blue fans: