Odell Beckham Jr. has returned to the New York Giants after missing the voluntary portion of the offseason program, and the wide receiver insisted Tuesday his absence wasn’t motivated by a desire to force a new contract extension, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.
It was previously reported that Beckham was looking for a new deal after becoming eligible for an extension with the completion of his third NFL season.
However, Beckham said he’s never seen a holdout work, and never considered going down that route, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.
“I would love to be here for the rest of my life,” Beckham said, according to Schwartz, regarding Giants co-owner John Mara’s comments about keeping him for the rest of his NFL career.
Beckham said he missed OTAs because he wanted to focus on his training and self-reflection in Los Angeles, according to Jenny Vrentas of MMQB.com.
The 24-year-old has put together three spectacular seasons since entering the league in 2014. While he arguably made more headlines last season for his sideline outbursts and antics, few would dispute he deserves to be paid among the best in the league.
However, it appears Beckham is content to wait for what will likely be a historic payday.
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