The New York Giants just dropped a bunch of cash to ensure that one of the NFL’s best and most entertaining wide receivers wouldn’t reach free agency:
Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants have reportedly agreed to a five-year extension worth as much as $95 million. The deal reportedly includes $65 million in guarantees and a $19 million per year average that would surpass Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers and make Beckham the league’s highest paid wideout. Getting both sides to come an agreement was never smooth sailing, but it’s done and it’s full speed ahead for a Giants team looking to rebound from a dreadful 3-13 year in 2017.
Beckham’s deal resets the receiver market, which has gotten quite the boost recently. Davante Adams received a big extension from the Packers before the end of the 2017 season. Jarvis Landry was given a ton of cash from the Browns after he was traded in the offseason. Mike Evans hauled in a major payday in the form of an extension from the Buccaneers, too. And let’s not forget the free agent deals that were signed by Sammy Watkins (Chiefs) and Allen Robinson (Bears!). The NFL is loaded with young receiver talent and teams are using the power of the almighty dollar to keep and/or acquire said talent.
Beckham’s mega-deal could make Robinson’s three-year pact (worth as much as $42 million) look like a bargain if the Bears’ high-priced free agency target returns to 2015 form.
The Beckham news almost has me wishing we could fast forward to December 2 when the Bears will head out east to play the Giants in Week 13. Hopefully, it will be worth the wait and the Bears will be playing for something other than draft position.