Odell Beckham Jr. believes contract situation will ‘work itself out’
Odell Beckham Jr. remains confident that a long-term extension with the New York Giants will “work itself out” despite it being relatively quiet on that front as of late.
Beckham’s agent departed New York a few weeks ago without a deal in place for the superstar Giants wide receiver. The inability to hammer out an extension reportedly stems from an ability to calculate Beckham’s “true market value.”
Still, Beckham, who has exhibited a team-first attitude throughout the contract saga, is confident about the situation.
“I definitely think it’s gonna work itself out,” Beckham said Thursday following the final of three joint practices with the Detroit Lions, via the New York Post. “You know, when is it gonna happen, you don’t know. That’s the business side that is new, is still new to me in a sense, it’s the first time I’ve ever had to deal with this or go through any of those things. I believe that it’s gonna work itself out. It’s a matter of time, just like anything in life, it’s timing.”
The Giants reportedly are said to be calculating Beckham’s value just under that boasted by Sammy Watkins. The Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver 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.
Odds are Beckham is looking for a better contract, be that in length, terms or the amount of guaranteed money. Arguably the NFL’s best wide receiver, Beckham is said to be looking for a deal that would pay him around $20 million annually.
It also merit noting that Beckham also has looked impressive so far in camp after surgery to repair a fractured left ankle. Further, he has not allowed his contract to become a distraction.
Despite the current impasse, the expectation nevertheless remains that a deal will be hammered out between Beckham’s representation and the Giants ahead of the regular season, which arrives on Sept. 9 with a showdown with the Jacksonville Jaguars.