The New York Giants have a contract situation on their hands, and it revolves around star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Just a few months ago, Beckham Jr. made it clear that he wouldn’t engage in any hold-outs or take time away from the field to force a contract extension. I mean, after all, the guy has proved his worth on the field, but the better questions is: Can he prove it off the field?
According to NFL reporter Ian Rapaport, the Giants’ receiver will force his way into big money:
From @gmfb: My understanding is that #Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr will not set foot on a field without a new contract extension agreed to — with the #Giants or any team. … This comes a day after owner John Mara said no one is “untouchable” in trade talks.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 26, 2018
Negative publicity has surrounded the athlete in recent weeks, putting him between a rock and a hard place. His antics on the field have been well documented, and things are now starting to appear off the field as well. For the owner of a franchise to invest top dollar into a player, they have to ensure he won’t bring the franchise down with him due to silly behavioral issues.
Co-owner of the Giants, John Mara, stated recently:
“I guess my response to that is I’m tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior,” Mara said, per the New York Post. “He knows what’s expected of him, and now it’s up to him.”
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When asked about the affect of the video on OBJ’s mega-deal, Mara said:
“It wasn’t helpful.”
With the Giants and GM Dave Gettleman trying to change the culture in New York, Beckham Jr. is sure making his mark on their attempts. The last season’s New York Giants was thought to be a thing of the past, but inexcusable mistakes seem to be appearing from one player on the team, and that’s the star wide receiver.
Beckham Jr. deserves a big-time contract, but he must show that he can be the face of the franchise and not put its image in jeopardy. Only then will he receive what he seeks.
When asked if OBJ would still be a Giant next season:
“I can’t answer that one way or the other,’’ Mara said. “We’re certainly not shopping him, if that’s what you’re asking. When you’re coming off a season when you’re 3-13 and played as poorly as we played, I wouldn’t say anybody’s untouchable.’’
In regard to the video of him appearing to be in the vicinity of illegal drugs:
“Angry? No, I mean, more disappointed than angry,’’ Mara said. “I think too often he allows himself to get put in bad situations and he needs to use a little better judgment.’’