The New York Giants have begun organized team activities, but one of their best players has yet to attend.
Odell Beckham Jr. has been absent for all of the Giants’ OTAs, instead opting to work out on his own. And while the star wideout hasn’t publicly addressed the issue, he reportedly is holding out due to dissatisfaction with his current contract.
Beckham currently is on the final year of his four-year, $10.4 million rookie deal with the Giants, putting him in line to earn $1.8 million in the upcoming season. However, the team exercised Beckham’s fifth-year option in April, locking him up for the 2018 campaign for a base salary of $8.5 million.
There’s no doubt Beckham eventually will cash in on a high-priced, long-term contract. He’s been selected to the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons in the league, and already has positioned himself as one of the NFL’s most electric receivers.
But as ESPN’s Bill Barnwell notes, the timing might not be right for the Giants and Beckham to work out a new deal.
OBJ is one of the fiercest competitors in football, but he might have to turn to patience when it comes to his contract situation.
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