New York Giants owner John Mara has revealed that the franchise are still committed to signing Odell Beckham Jr. to a long-term contract; however, there is currently “no sense of urgency” in finalising a deal. Beckham Jr. recently featured at the Giants’ voluntary team work-outs, despite numerous sources linking him with a move away from New York.
Back in March it seemed almost certain that the Odell Beckham Jr. saga would come to an end. It was reported that trade talks between the Giants and the LA Rams had taken place, leading to rumours that the Giants were not prepared to meet the 25-year-old’s wage demands. At the time, it was even suggested that Beckham Jr. would refuse to play, yet six weeks later and fans are still yet to receive conformation of a proposed trade or contract deal.
It’s no secret that Beckham Jr. is seeking a record breaking contract that will see him become the NFL’s highest paid player, but while the contract remains a contentious subject amongst Giants fans, the franchise have been determined to maintain a cool approach to negotiations.
Speaking at a gala in New York, Giants owner John Mara opened up about the deal, explaining: “I wouldn’t say sense of urgency. The contract will get done when it’s supposed to get done,”
“I think that is the (general manager) Dave Gettleman line. I think I’m going to adopt that. All spring, all summer, as long as it takes.
“It’s not the first contract negotiation we’ve ever had. It’ll get done when it’s supposed to get done.”
Beckham Jr. is set to make $8.5 million this year in the final year of his rookie contract. The 25-year-old was forced to miss the majority of the 2017 season with an ankle injury, playing just four games before suffering a severe fracture against the LA Rams. Initial reports from voluntary team work-outs suggest that the wide receiver is on his way to making a complete recovery. Whether Beckham Jr. will be present for the Giants come the first day of the season remains to be seen.