Giants picking up Odell Beckham’s 2018 option

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Odell Beckham has caught 288 passes for 4,122 yards and 35 touchdowns over his first three seasons with the Giants, which likely meant that the team’s decision-makers spend more time on the average workday figuring out what to have for lunch than they did figuring out whether to pick up their option for 2018 on Beckham’s contract.

Kimberly Jones of NFL Media reports that the Giants are picking up that option, which will be guaranteed against injury only for the 2014 first-round pick. Beckham joins Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin as wideouts from that year’s first round to have their options picked up with word still pending on plans for Sammy Watkins and Brandin Cooks.

The future for the Giants and Beckham will likely involve discussions about a long-term deal that would keep Beckham on the team for a long while.

Those statistics listed above make the case for why the Giants would be interested in doing that while some would use his outbursts on the field, on the sidelines and in Lambeau Field hallways to argue that Beckham’s volatility works against a long-term investment. The Giants have occasionally complained about those outbursts, but co-owner John Mara said earlier this year that Beckham is the “last guy” he worries about and that would seem to suggest that his play will carry the day.

22 responses to “Giants picking up Odell Beckham’s 2018 option

  1. One of these days Beckham will inadvertently injure himself during one of these tantrums a la Enes Kanter. Stay Woke.

  2. Maybe if they manage to make the playoffs again this coming season he’ll care enough to work on the upcoming opponent instead of going to party in Miami before the season is over.

  3. As a Giants fan, I’m thrilled. Hate on the guy all you’d like, but you can’t deny his incredible skills and unprecedented stats in his first three years. I’ll take a guy that plays with passion any day of the weak.

    Also, I enjoy when I see posted about OBJ and people claim he’s overrated. LOL. By far one of the best talents the league has ever seen at his position.

  4. NYG’s offensive playbook:

    A) throw it to OBJ
    B) have Eli make pouty face if it falls incomplete/is intercepted

  5. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    Apr 24, 2017 1:39 PM

    Every DB in the league now has the blueprint on how to get this guy off his game…..BE PHYSICAL with him the 1st 5 yards!!
    Is this still due to his scuffle with Norman two years ago? I remember hearing that Odell would be done after that since teams knew how to infuriate him. If I recall, he still had a very good season last year despite the Giants having both Cruz and Shepard as WR options.

  6. Yeah, I get it that his behavior needs watch, but its not like he is alone there. Where he is nearly alone is his talent level. He is one of those guys you dont just cover, he forces opponents to completely game plan around him. There are only a small handful of others that can do that. I have actually been snickering at the talking heads that were even trying to make it a question whether the Giants would do this.

  7. That was a no brainer! Best WR in the NFL……………. If Eli stops throwing the football to the other team OBJ # will match or exceed that of any WR in the NFL………….

  8. Extending him is a no brainer, but I wonder how they’ll afford his (likely record-breaking) new deal after spending all that money. DRC taking or being cut is obvious but who else?

  9. They’re going to give him a massive contract (because how could they not) right as Eli Manning is exiting the league. The Giants last shot at another Superbowl in the Manning era is this year. The Quarterback might be the position that ultimately holds them back, ironically.

  10. Million $ body with a 10 cent brain. Don’t act shocked if he holds out for all world money one day. This child only cares about one person…himself.

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