Odell Beckham Jr. has made it very clear he wants a new contract. He’s currently on his rookie deal, which was four years and $10.4 million. That deal expires after the 2018 season, and he feels he’s worth a lot more to the Giants franchise.
The Giants, for their part, have made it clear they don’t want to lose Beckham, despite his occasional off-the-field (and on-the-field) antics. “We certainly don’t want to see him playing in another uniform,” team co-owner John Mara recently said.
If the Giants want to hold onto Beckham, however, they’re going to have to open up the check book. Beckham recently spoke to Uninterrupted about the offseason and more, including his contract situation.
“It’s like the elephant in the room, and you don’t want to talk about it but I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I’m like, ‘No, I’m going to…there’s no need to not talk about it,’” Beckham said. “I believe that I will be hopefully not just the highest-paid receiver in the league, but the highest paid, period.”
He wants his second NFL deal to be quite hefty. Beckham skipped the voluntary portion of New York’s offseason training but did report to minicamp.
The star may just be setting an anchor point for negotiations. It seems very unlikely he could become the highest-paid player in the NFL—that territory belongs to quarterbacks (Derek Carr’s recent deal was for $25 million a year). The highest-paid wide receiver in the league (Antonio Brown) makes $17 million a year.