NFL Networks Mike Garafolo on Wednesday afternoon at the NFL Combine said on-air: I know that Odell Beckham has told some people that he wants some really significant numbers … Hes in the 20s. From what he has told people close to him, he wants to be in the low 20s.
This isnt a surprise considering Beckham said last year he wanted to be the leagues highest-paid player, an unrealistic goal given that free agent quarterbacks such as Kirk Cousins are expected to command $30 million a year on this springs open market.
But now that this $20 million-plus price tag is public — a number that would far eclipse Antonio Browns league-high $17 million for wide receivers — hopefully everyone is awake to how large a potential Beckham holdout and ugly negotiation is looming.
Appearing on NFL Networks Up to the Minute on Wednesday, Mike Garafolo disclosed Beckham wants to become the highest-paid receiver in the league.
Not to mention that earlier in the day, Giants GM Dave Gettleman had laughed when ESPNs Josina Anderson asked if a wide receiver such as OBJ could eclipse the $20 million annual salary mark in todays booming NFL cap climate.
Odell Beckham Jr. is reportedly eyeing a new contract that will pay him north of $20 million annually on average.
This is America. Its a great place. Anythings possible, an amused Gettleman said with a smile.
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But if the Giants chuckle at Beckhams agents proposals the same way, this is going nowhere fast.
Jimmy Garoppolos $27.5 million per year with the 49ers is the highest average in league history but if Beckham gets what he wants the Giants receiver wont be far behind.
Im not gonna go into it, OK? Gettleman said, when asked where Beckhams negotiations stand on his list of priorities. Im not gonna talk about contracts, and what Im always gonna tell you guys is contracts get done when theyre supposed to get done. Thats it.
Odell Beckham Jr. famously vowed last year he wants to be the highest-paid NFL player when he signs his next deal.
Report: Giants Odell Beckham Jr. wants contract worth $20M annually
Gettleman might not blow up his misbehaving secondary. He said Eli Apple (suspended in Week 17 for conduct detrimental to the team) has a clean slate and added: I hope he shows up April 9 for the start of workouts. And of Jenkins (suspended in Week 9 for missing a practice) the GM said: Janoris is a very talented, gifted player, and Ive gotten to know him a little bit and Im excited hes a New York football Giant. … The Giants front office met Monday to discuss free agents they intend to pursue. Gettleman wants smart, tough guys who hate to lose to create a winning culture. Carolina first-team All-Pro left guard Andrew Norwell, 26, remains a likely priority for Gettleman, who signed Norwell out of Ohio State as an undrafted free agent for the Panthers in 2014. Gettleman hinted there could be Giants free agents he plans to re-sign and lauded free agent left guard Justin Pughs versatility and intelligence. But the GM sounds prepared to pay for a pricey asset like Norwell.
“I dont see any way they can or would meet him there,” Garafolo said of Beckhams starting point in negotiations. “Thats a huge jump from the top of the wide receiver market to get to that point. Whats Odell Beckham going to do to force the teams hand? In the end, all the work Beckham is putting in, you know he is going to want to be compensated for that and that theres a lot of pride for this guy coming back from that injury and knowing what he means to that offense and organization.”
The star wide receiver is entering the final year of his rookie deal, so if the Giants want to keep him long-term, theyll have to cough up a lot of money.
Odell Beckham Jr. attends the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on Feb. 18, 2018 in Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian
INDIANAPOLIS — Dave Gettleman said he isnt losing sleep over Odell Beckham Jr.s recent tweet that he plans on playing 0 snaps in the upcoming preseason. What should be more of a concern to the Giants and their general manager are the zeroes that will fill out Beckhams next contract.
Of course, these numbers are just the starting point for negotiations, and that is true of any business deal. Garafolo finds it highly unlikely Beckham will reach his goal of being paid like a top quarterback or eclipsing the $20 million per year mark.
The star receiver is entering the final year of his rookie deal, so if the Giants want to keep him long-term, theyll have to cough up a lot of money. Gettleman would not discuss any specifics to negotiations with any players, but he did leave the door open for a monster deal coming down the road for Beckham.
According to NFL Networks Mike Garafolo, the former Giants beat writer, the two sides are nowhere close to a new contract agreement at this time. Garafolo has also heard murmurs of exactly how much money Beckham is looking for an annual basis.
This is America, he said when asked if a wide receiver could hypothetically be the first non-quarterback to make $20 million per season. Its a great place. Anythings possible.
Beckham could be that hypothetical. He is coming off ankle surgery that hampered or sidelined him for most of the 2017 season. And there are also off-the-field matters that have concerned the Giants regarding his maturity. The zero preseason snaps tweet may be one such incident.
You know, let me tell you something: social medias evil, Gettleman said. Hes a big boy. You gotta figure it out.
As for Beckhams past conflicts, Gettleman said they dont enter his thinking.
For me, thats all hearsay, he said. I wasnt in the room. . . . I dont have all the information. I wasnt involved in the conversations. Ive had one long conversation with Odell. Weve texted back and forth, just hey how you doing, hows the rehab going. Its a new day, its a clean slate.
Im not worried about what happened in the past, he continued. You want to know the why — you always got to get to the why — and eventually well get to that. And if you dont get to the why, you cant figure it out. You cant fix it. So well get to the why, and well move forward.
Forward to what could be the biggest contract in NFL history for a non-quarterback? Maybe even making him the highest-paid player in the league as was floated last preseason?
For me, the biggest impact is whether he helps us win, Gettleman said. Im not in marketing. Im on the football side of the building. And at the end of the day, if we dont win, I get fired. OK? So what you do is you pay a player his value, what his value is, and thats what you do.
Tom Rock began covering sports for Newsday in 1996 and has been the Giants beat writer since 2008.
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