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Report: Odell Beckham Jr.’s agent leaves New York with no deal

Odell Beckham Jr.’s agent has departed New York without a deal in place for the superstar Giants wide receiver, reports ESPN’s Josina Anderson. The inability to hammer out an extension reportedly stems from an ability to calculate Beckham’s “true market value.”

A Giants source told Anderson that Beckham’s agent, Zeke Sandhu, and the team worked “diligently” on a new deal but talks did not prove fruitful in that regard.

The Giants are said to be calculating Beckham’s value just under that boasted by Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

The Chiefs signed Watkins to a signed a three-year, $48 million contract in March. The deal averages out to $16 million per season and includes a fully guaranteed $30 million along with a $21 million signing bonus.

Anderson followed up her reporting with some statistics that makes the case that Beckham arguably deserves to be among the NFL’s highest-paid wide receivers, if not the top earner.

Giants co-owner John Mara expressed interest last week in initiating contract talks, and the team followed through. While no deal was struck, it does not mean talks did not lay the groundwork for continued, productive and ultimately successful negotiations.

Beckham, however, has occasionally 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.The wide receiver was also a consistent presence during the mandatory portion of the Giants’ offseason program. Beckham also has looked impressive so far in camp.

Beckham is said to be looking for a deal that would pay him around $20 million annually. He also believes a deal can be reached.

“Optimistic? Yeah. I’m optimistic,” Beckham said Saturday, via ESPN. “I’m confident it will all work itself out. It always does.”