It’s been a busy week in the National Football league. Monday saw a ton of news, much of it involving Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.signing a five-year, $95 million extension through 2023. The new deal includes $65 million guaranteed which that and Beckham’s average annual value of $19 million sets a new record for a receiver moving ahead of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown. This coming off a 2017 season where Beckham found himself sidelined after an ankle injury in week 5 that resulted in surgery thus ending the star receivers season.
“Honestly, I don’t even know how to explain it,” Beckham said in the team’s release. “I don’t know if it’s a relief, I don’t know — it’s a combination of everything. You’ve worked all your life to get to this point and it’s finally here. I have to thank Mr. Mara, Steve Tisch, Mr. Gettleman, coach (Pat) Shurmur, Eli (Manning), all the guys I played with in the past years. Everybody was really a part of this — my mom, my dad, my family, everybody who was supporting me through this. It’s just such an amazing feeling, I can’t even explain. Most importantly, I have to thank God for being able to put me back together mentally, physically, spiritually. This is just truly amazing; I don’t even know the right words to describe.”
Beckham had skipped the Giants’ organized team activities in May, but he had never announced his reason behind it until ESPN’s Adam Schefter later reported that the receiver’s absence from the club’s voluntary workouts was “directly related” to his “desire for a new contract.”
“It was just a time of patience and waiting and I knew that it would get done, it was just a matter of when and I’m just so happy that it is finally done now,” said Beckham.
Throughout the first 43 games of Beckham’s career, the newly paid receiver tallied a total of 288 catches for 4,122 yards to go along with 35 touchdowns. That includes his breakout campaign in 2016 where he racked up a career-high 101 grabs for 1,367 yards and 10 trips to the end zone. His catch total only trailed Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Brown in the league that season.
Also, during the 2016 campaign Beckham surpassed Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss by recording 13 games with 125+ receiving yards passing Moss (12) for the most in NFL history in a player’s 1st3 seasons.
Before suffering his season-ending injury in 2017,Beckham caught 25 passes for 302 yards and three TDs in the four games he suited up. Working out a new contract was always a no-brainer for the Giants. The Giants co-owner John Mara made the team’s intentions clear while attending a town hall-style events with fans last June, per Art Stapleton of The Record.
“Obviously, we want him to be a giant for the rest of his career,” said Mara.
Beckham is now entering his fifth NFL season and what should be the prime of his career. The Giant’s look to keep their superstar receiver healthy and hope to get a bang for their buck moving forward.
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