Odell Beckham Jr.

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ODB’s Contract

Pay the man.

August 24, 2018 - 10:22 am

According to ESPN, the New York Giants and Odell Beckham Junior are making progress on a new contract. A very new, very big contract that would potentially be a record-breaking contract for wide receivers.

The two records that are suggested are Antonio Brown’s 17 mill per year and Mike Evans 55 mill guaranteed. 

In other words, Odell Beckham Junior is about to get paid. And he should get paid. He’s earned it. There’s no doubt about that.

Just as there is now doubt that this is how this drama was always going to end. He’s a 3-time Pro Bowler. He had more than 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of his first three seasons. The only time he didn’t make the Pro Bowl in his four year career was last year, when he broke his ankle.

He was never not going to get paid. Just like he was never going to be traded. Sure, that story was floated earlier this year and if you bought it, I’ve got a bridge for you as well. Because you can’t and don’t trade a talent like that. Not when he’s only 25 years old. 

And not when he’s shown in camp and in practice that he’s well on his way back from the ankle injury. Especially when he showed up the way he did in a joint practice with the Detroit Lions. How good was he? Detroit Pro Bowl corner, Darius Slay, who was matched up with him summed it up like this: "He looks like he's going. He's catching the rock, running the rock. He's always going to be explosive. He's never going to lose that until he's 50 I guess. I don't know. Other than that, he's Odell."

Yep. He’s Odell. And sometimes Odell being Odell is not exactly smooth. He’s done some weird, strange, and sometimes annoying things. And maybe you wanted to put a little fear into him with that trade rumor. Maybe you want to test the market and maybe you want to make sure he comes back with a good ankle and a good attitude. But you put up with some of those weird and annoying antics for 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns every year. 

I know there are a lot of good receivers in the league right now and so there may be a thought that they’re interchangeable. But do you know how many receivers had more touchdowns that Beckham from 2014-2016? Zero. You know how many receivers in NFL history had more receptions than Beckham in their first three seasons than Beckham? Zero.

He’s the first receiver in NFL history with at least 80 receptions and 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons. We’re talking Randy Moss type numbers here. And in some cases, Moss didn’t even hit Beckham’s numbers. 

In other words, Beckham is putting up Hall of Fame numbers and he’s just getting started. He hasn’t even reached his prime. 

That’s why you can’t and don’t trade him. And that’s why you have to pay him. Because he’s earned it. And because if you want this offense to be what it can be, with Saquon Barkley in the backfield, you need Odell Beckham Jr running routes. And you need to get Odell Beckham Jr paid.