Report: Odell Beckham Jr., Giants Haven't Had 'Serious' Contract Negotiations

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2018

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) watches his team play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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The New York Giants and star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. have not yet had "any serious negotiations" on a new contract, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com.

Beckham is expected to report to the Giants' voluntary organized team activities, which start Monday, in an effort to earn the team's trust as he seeks a new contract, per Raanan:    

"The Giants wanted Beckham present this spring to show his dedication and see firsthand how he has progressed after breaking his ankle in October. They got what they wanted.

"What Beckham wants now is a new contract. This is no secret, and this was a premeditated approach this spring aimed to prove he’s capable of being a leader and trusted member of the team. Again, mission accomplished."

Beckham, 25, appeared in just four games last season because of an ankle fracture, catching 25 passes for 302 yards and three scores. He's been spectacular on the field in his first four campaigns, catching 313 passes for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns in 47 career games.

Without question, Beckham is an elite player at the position, and the possibility of pairing him with rookie running back Saquon Barkley is an enticing promise for the Giants' future and a scary one for the rest of the NFC East.

But there have been questions about Beckham's commitment, per Raanan's report, and his demonstrative tendencies on the sidelines in the past have created distractions. And with a new general manager (Dave Gettleman) and head coach (Pat Shurmur) in New York, establishing positive relationships appears to be a priority for Beckham this offseason.

"It's very encouraging. I've developed a really nice relationship with him," Shurmur said of his relationship with Beckham. "We're very open and honest about everything Giants and everything Odell. And so I'm just looking forward to him being there. He's not quite finished with his rehab, but there's still a lot to be learned by just watching what's going on."

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