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John Mara: Odell Beckham contract talks to start ‘sooner rather than later’

New York Giants owner John Mara expects contract negotiations with Odell Bekcham Jr. on an extension to start up “sooner rather than later,” according to NJ Advanced Media’s Matt Lombardo.

Mara went on to praise the occasionally enigmatic wide receiver for his growth and maturity this past offseason, especially in light of the uncertainty concerning whether the Giants would entertain contract talks.

Despite how an extension will come at an extremely high price for the Giants considering the caliber of Beckham as a player, Mara believes a deal can get done.

Beckham without question is among the most talented, if not the best, wide receiver in the NFL. Beckham, however, has exhibited immaturity both on and off the field, arguably causing concern on the Giants’ behalf concerning his reliability and whether he’s worth the long-term financial risk.

That said, Beckham played the role of good soldier this offseason despite publicly campaigning for an extension, even though talks never arose. The wide receiver was also a consistent presence during the mandatory portion of the Giants’ offseason program while recovering from injuries that limited him to only four games in 2017.

Beckham is said to be looking for a deal that would pay him around $20 million annually. With the reported five-year, $80 million extension the Los Angeles Rams gave Brandin Cooks serving as a benchmark, the case can be made that Beckham rightfully deserves an even bigger deal. It remains to be seen just how far the Giants are willing to go to make the star wideout happy, however.