Odell Beckham Jr. is shooting for the stars in his first big NFL payday, and while it’s unclear if the Giants will grant his wish, they aren’t shying away from potentially opening up their check books.
Giants co-owner John Mara reiterated Friday that his team wants to keep its star receiver around for the foreseeable future.
“He deserves to be paid,” Mara said, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. “and we’re going to pay him. … I just don’t feel like there is any need to rush into it. But he’s going to end up getting paid at some point.”
Beckham is contracted through the 2018 season, and with the franchise tag available at that point, New York seems to have little incentive to come to the negotiating table.
However, Beckham said Friday he won’t attempt to force them.
“I don’t have time (to hold out),” Beckham said. “I’m 24 years old. I’m trying to play football until I can’t play football anymore. I can’t get caught up taking days and not playing.
“Le’Veon (Bell) is in a different situation. He’s been doing this. He’s a running back. Their career expectancy is a little shorter due to stats and all that. Le’Veon is a guy who has proved himself time and time again. … I hope Le’Veon gets the highest contract a running back has ever had in history of the entire NFL.
“… I’m not here to hold out. I’m here to practice. I’m here to get better each and every day. I feel I have stuff I can improve on, stuff I need to work on, and really stuff I’m willing to work on.”
Mara said earlier this week negotiations have yet to begin between the Giants and Beckham’s reps and gave no indication they’ll start this season.
While Beckham is set to earn just $1.8 million in 2017, he isn’t exactly strapped for cash after Nike signed him to the most lucrative shoe deal in NFL history last month.
“It definitely made me comfortable,” Beckham said of the Nike deal. “It definitely was helpful at the right time. I’ve got a family to take care of.”
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