John Mara: Odell deserves to be paid and we’ll pay him

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Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham made headlines on Thursday with the release of a video that shows him declaring his hope of being the highest-paid player in the NFL.

That Beckham is thinking about his contract is no surprise as he’s in the final year of his rookie deal and eligible to sign an extension for the first time. Giants owner John Mara has said several times this year that the team has no desire to see Beckham in a different uniform and he responded to questions about Beckham’s declaration the same way on Friday.

“He deserves to be paid and we’re going to pay him,” Mara said, via ESPN.com.

Mara, who said earlier this week that no talks have started at this point, didn’t offer a timetable for when that might happen. Beckham’s option for 2018 was exercised by the team and the franchise tag would be available if the Giants want to go that route, so there may not be an imminent change in the current status quo. Whether that’s the case or not, Beckham doesn’t think his contract will cause any issues inside the team.

“I’m going to speak my mind,” Beckham said. “I’m going to say how I feel. I’m going to answer pretty much whatever you ask. And that is just it. Everybody in that locker room knows what is going on. They know why I’m here. They know it is nothing but love. I have nothing but love for them. They love me back no matter what. It’s the same way all the way around. There is nothing that can really get between me and my teammates.”

Unlike some others looking for a new deal, Beckham is in camp with those teammates and practicing for a season that could push his ultimate payday to even higher levels if he continues on the same path he’s taken in the first three years of his NFL career.

37 responses to “John Mara: Odell deserves to be paid and we’ll pay him

  1. If his play matches his mouth, I see him getting a Rogers like deal.
    Since he’s not paid to talk/pout, he’ll get a deal a tick ahead of Jones, Dez and Green.

  2. He’s under Giants control for the next two years the they could tag him for the next two, so this punk Beckham should shut up and try to catch a pass in the post season. 8 drops in the Packers game….EIGHT drops!

  3. He’ll get paid. Yeah, he runs his mouth a bit but at least he can back it up. Sure, he’s made some not so great decisions but who hasn’t at his age. He will mature and continue to be a monster on the field and in turn get paid very well for it.

  4. As a Giants fan, this seems like a stupid idea. You have Eli’s last hurrah to look forward to. 2-3 years tops. For those 3 years you control OBJ with the franchise tag in the third year is necessary. Why bust open the barn doors for the boat captain now? Be patient.

  5. Can Odell get bonuses for dropped passes in traffic? Sort of like an alligator arm clause.

  6. as a non-giants fan, i am rooting for them to make him the highest paid player in the league.

    go ahead! screw up your cap situation for a long time.

  7. if Sticky gloves and a slight case of gender dysphoria get you to number one then I’m done watching.

  8. I doubt if Beckham will ever be the highest paid player in the NFL (I think Kirk Cousins is trying for that honor) but Beckham may well become the highest paid wide receiver….and it could happen sooner rather than later.

  9. John Mara: Odell deserves to be paid and we’ll pay him
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    Based on his poor behavior, he also deserves to be spanked. they gonna do that too?

  10. Beckham wants to be paid. Mara says he deserves to be paid and will be. Meanwhile there are no talks going on and the team has control for the next 4 years. Seems like Mara is just saying things to the press designed to keep Beckham in his happy place for as long as possible.

  11. Shinnbone says:
    Jul 28, 2017 4:32 PM

    He’s under Giants control for the next two years the they could tag him for the next two, so this punk Beckham should shut up and try to catch a pass in the post season. 8 drops in the Packers game….EIGHT drops
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    The only bad thing about not signing him now, is that he can play out his two years and pull a Kirk Cousins, and just sign the tag and make more, then if they would just extend him now.

  12. ButtFumbler says:
    Jul 28, 2017 4:30 PM
    John Mara is offering a class on how not to negotiate
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    There’s nothing to negotiate other than minutiae. Mara knows Odell’s value to this team, and will pay him accordingly. Just as Steph Curry’s situation with Golden State was a foregone conclusion, Beckham’s will be.

    Not the same as some other negotiations where a player has all types of external leverage and the team isn’t in position to actually pay him the money they know he will command. The Giants will have that money next offseason and it will be a non-issue other than a restructure here or there, and cutting at one player who most fans won’t want to see gone who plays left cornerback.

    That’s all.

  13. FinFan68 says:
    Jul 28, 2017 5:20 PM
    John Mara: Odell deserves to be paid and we’ll pay him
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    Based on his poor behavior, he also deserves to be spanked. they gonna do that too?
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    What poor behavior? LOL you people will believe whatever media hacks tell you.

  14. Can OBJ please hire a decent barber? The guy looks like a homeless person fell into a container of bleach and then had another homeless person give him a mohawk with a sharpened butter knife!

    I mean who walks into their barber pays them $40 and says can you please give me the homeless cut?

  15. His presser on how he wants to get paid like an NBA player “to help other players” was an inadvertent PhD level thesis on how our nation’s math educational system is a dismal failure.

  16. If Odell Beckham and his agent are smart… they’ll employ the Kirk Cousins strategy of beginning contract negotiations using the average in values of 2 franchise tags…. because if he doesn’t like the number he’s sees on the negotiating table, their gonna franchise tag him anyway….

  17. Are we certain that Johe Mara isn’t an idiot? I was certain that he is a weasel for his presence in the shadows of 345, whispering in Goodell’s ears, but his comments on Beckham are starting to raise some other red flags.

  18. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    Jul 28, 2017 6:15 PM
    If Odell Beckham and his agent are smart… they’ll employ the Kirk Cousins strategy of beginning contract negotiations using the average in values of 2 franchise tags…
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    The problem with that strategy is Beckham is under contract for the next 2 years.

  19. Odell needs to grow up-how do you give a man a lot of money based on the fact that he just runs fast but unfortunately is immature and has no leadership skills whatsoever?!?!

  20. John Mara: Odell deserves to be paid and we’ll pay him
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    Oh, he’ll get paid alright. Just not what he thought he’d get paid.

  21. I dont think you understand how the Franchise Tag works. The Franchise Tag allows a team to give a player a 1 year deal in the event that they cannot reach a long term deal. Newsflash nobody wants year to year deals. For the players they are risking injury. Sure assuming they produce at a higher or the same level they will make more money. However, if a player gets injured they will lose big time. The team wants a long term contract because it makes the salary cap more manageable and allows them to keep a good player at a reduced rate.
    Now the other important aspect of the Franchise Tag is that only the player’s current team can offer it. The other 31 teams cannot franchise tag a free agent. Because the franchise tag value increases significantly with multiply uses, teams do not want to use it more than once with the same player.
    Contract terms are never based off of franchise tag values. This is not hard to understand. The player takes a pay cut in return for job security, injury protection, and production protection.
    Odell can sign an extension in the neighborhood of 14-17 million a year with the Giants. This puts him on par with the top of the receiver market. However Eli is retiring soon, and the Giants may have a scrub at the QB position. If that is the case, they will not need a talented wide receiver and thus Odell may only get a 4 year extension. ( Eli is already 36 and will most likely retire within 5 years. So if Eli does retire, the Giants could try to trade Beckham because they want have a need for him.)

  22. tylawspick6 says:
    Jul 28, 2017 7:31 PM
    giants done
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    You know, that rhymes with “18 and 1”. How ironic.

    If you are going to continuously troll every story about the Giants (which you do), then I’ll just keep trolling you with the one fact that I KNOW irritates you. You just can’t get over it, can you?

  23. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Jul 28, 2017 5:42 PM
    FinFan68 says:
    Jul 28, 2017 5:20 PM
    John Mara: Odell deserves to be paid and we’ll pay him
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Based on his poor behavior, he also deserves to be spanked. they gonna do that too?
    —-

    What poor behavior? LOL you people will believe whatever media hacks tell you.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    You must be new to watching/reading about NFL football. Welcome! You can use Google to search for stuff on the interwebs. If you don’t trust what you read, they have moving pictures called video clips that you can see for yourself. Some even have commentary to explain what you are looking at so that it is easier for you to understand what is going on. I suggest looking up search strings that include his name along with terms like Josh Norman, kicking net, helmet removal, boat and tantrum for starters. Although results from the boat search is probably just going to be written words without many pictures or video so you may just want to skip that one. Enjoy.

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