It’s has already been an expensive week in New York, what with the news Monday that quarterback Sam Darnold, the No. 1 pick of the Jets, had ended his short holdout by signing a four-year, $30.25 million deal.
“I thought it played out great,” Darnold told The New York Post. “I think with the way everything worked out, that’s why I have great agents because they’re able to figure that stuff out. And whenever I get back on the field, that’s my job, and my job is to play football.”
Talk about a mature point of view.
Now the attention turns to the Giants, equally as abysmal as the Jets last season, and their efforts to get the often-cranky Odell Beckham, Jr., to figure out what he’s worth and sign his new deal.
News of a possible thaw in negotiations is here. Giants owner John Mara told WFAN’s “Boomer and Gio” that he and OBJ’s agent will be talking “sooner rather than later” about money.
Perhaps Mara’s good intentions are related to Beckham’s kind gesture of reporting to OTAs, mimi-camp and training camp and working out – all coming off a serious leg injuries — instead of complaining, like Michael Strahan would often do when he wanted more cash from Mara’s father, Wellington.
Beckham, 25, has indicated he wants to be the richest man in football. And you have to congratulate the guy for thinking that highly of his ability. But he has grown somewhat impatient because many of the 12 receivers drafted below him in 2014 have their money and he still doesn’t.
Look, you can’t blame the Giants driving in the right lane when it comes to Beckham.
His behavior during his first four seasons has been somewhat questionable. He fought Carolina corner Josh Norman during a game. He pantomimed a dog urinating in the endzone last season that reddened the complexion of the fair-skinned Mara. He was also in an on-line video that showed what appeared to be Beckham taking drugs.
You may remember earlier this year when Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis told FS1 that Beckham had a “God problem.”
“Where there is no God, there is chaos,” Lewis told host Colin Cowherd. “I started to see he started to distance himself a little more and a little more and a little more. Listen to me. I don’t care about religion. I’m talking about a foundation.
“When your foundation is disturbed, when everything you are doing is the opposite of what got you to this place, then you are making your own life hard.”
Plus, the Giants want to see if Beckman’s lost a step after breaking a fibula and tearing an ankle ligament four games into last season. And that makes perfect sense, even though the immensely talented one has already been to three Pro Bowls and has averaged 96 receptions and 11.7 touchdown in his first three seasons.
In relation to NFL history, among receivers in their first three seasons, Beckham is tied for first in receptions (288), second in yards (4,112) and tied for fifth in TD catches (35). No one but OBJ has at least 90 catches and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.
But if Beckham and Mara can’t come to an agreement, OBJ will play – if he decides to – for $8.5 million in 2018, the final year of his rookie deal. What he really wants is to leave Antonio Brown’s $17 million annual deal and Mike Evans’ $55 million guaranteed money in the dust, but he needs to tread lightly because the Giants own his rights for four more seasons.
Equally as important in this process, according to ESPN, is that Giants’ rookie coach Pat Shurmur took the time to travel to Los Angeles to personally introduce himself to Beckham, the axis upon which his new offensive could spin.
“I see what I expected to see when we started to communicate back in February,” Shurmur told reporters this week. “This guy loves to play football, he trains extremely hard, he’s totally engaged in the meetings behind the scenes, the things that the world is not aware of, and he’s got a lot of passion for the game. We were just out in a walk-through and I saw three or four times when he was talking to different players about certain techniques within the play. That’s all good stuff.”