OBJ has 8.5 million reasons to work out with the Giants

AP

As noted earlier by Gantt, it remains to be seen whether Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will actually set foot on a football field without a long-term contract. But Beckham reportedly will be joining the team for Phase One of offseason workouts, and that’s a smart move by Beckham.

When working out on their own, NFL players have no financial protection, other than whatever insurance policy they may have purchased. When working out at the team facility, they remain automatically eligible for their full salary for the coming season, if a fluke injury puts them on injured reserve.

Plenty of teams choose to still pay a player who gets injured while working out on his own. When the alternative is sitting on the couch eating pork rinds and watching bowling, teams prefer players to choose to be active. Given Beckham’s current relationship with the Giants, however, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Giants place Beckham on the non-football injury list and to elect not to pay him if he pops an Achilles tendon running on a beach.

For Beckham, he’ll have more than $8.5 million in free insurance by showing up and working out with his teammates. It’s also the kind of good-faith gesture that could go a long way toward getting the powers-that-be to forget about that bizarre maybe-a-blunt-and-maybe-some-coke-and-definitely-an-uneaten-pizza video that surfaced last month.

If Beckham isn’t going to be traded, the Giants and Beckham need to come to terms on a long-term deal. Otherwise, Beckham may indeed choose only to do strength and conditioning work at the team facility, but to refuse to lace up his cleats and risk injury during practice or games until he gets the kind of contract that he earned in his rookie year.

28 responses to “OBJ has 8.5 million reasons to work out with the Giants

  1. Yeah, he’s a diva, but he’s solid gold. Maybe a little tarnish, but only a fool would throw away solid gold because it has a little tarnish.

  2. Actually, Gold does not tarnish, unlike Copper, Silver and others.

    I’m a lifelong Giants fan. He’s a great receiver for sure, but I’m tired of ODBJr, and we need a lot of new talent before we’re going to compete again. It doesn’t make sense to me to have a superstar receiver (and Diva) on a 6-10 team. So, if we can a 1st round pick for him, I’d vote for the trade.

  3. A blunt? A little blow? Great representation of the NFL. Wouldn’t sign him for any money. He will on his own be kicked out of the league if he doesn’t change his ways.

  4. He was very good in his rookie year despite missing the first 4 games of his career. Overall production wise, he was even better in his 2nd and 3rd years. Despise the man all you want, but dont act like this guy isnt an extremely special talent. Lastly, despite the nonsense, its not like he’s out there getting arrested.

  5. I think the Giants needed a Herschel Walker type of trade but didn’t get what they needed. Now they are stuck with an excellent receiver albeit with some issues, that demands top dollar for his services. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  6. Hey people, would you really rather try your luck again with the draft rather than keep a generational talent like beckham? Ask the Lions or the Ravens or the Bears on how well the Wrs they drafted early in the past have panned out.

  7. Terrell Owens was a real diva, and OBJ isn’t even close to his antics. Who didn’t want TO on it’s team? Plus, TO is now in the HOF. DONT BE STUPID GIANTS and keep OBJ.

  8. This is a case of a great football player using his talent to hold a team “hostage”. He’s too talented to just dump, but as a human being, he’s a real piece of garbage.

  9. The guy has had one acrobatic catch in his career. That was it. Giants should dump him while they can get something in return because he’s not that talented. Just lucky.

  10. diehardfootballfan says:
    April 8, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    The guy has had one acrobatic catch in his career. That was it. Giants should dump him while they can get something in return because he’s not that talented. Just lucky.

    Like him or hate him, his first three year averages:

    96 catches
    1400 yards
    12 touchdowns

    He must be the luckiest man in America

  11. Kristopher Hickman says:
    April 8, 2018 at 4:58 pm
    Terrell Owens was a real diva, and OBJ isn’t even close to his antics. Who didn’t want TO on it’s team? Plus, TO is now in the HOF. DONT BE STUPID GIANTS and keep OBJ.
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    Who didn’t want TO on it’s team?

    Lot’s of teams and people.

    TO played for 5 different teams in his career. Not all that many NFL players play for 5 teams in their careers.

    A lot of teams moved on from him.

  12. Let him sit out and piss away 8.5MM.
    The Giants tag him for the next 2 years, then he’s free.
    And he has lost a lot of money and is 29.
    Dumb move.

    He wants to get paid, then don’t act like an idiot.

  13. Pretty weak to call Odell garbage. By all accounts, the biggest test he passes with flying colors: his teammates love him. That means hes not a “cancer” or a bad influence, to the contrary he is active in the community and with charities and young fans. Personally, i could do without the showboating ans antics, but Odell isnt a bad person or teammate. Dont be lazy and call him garbage

  14. Very talented for sure but not clear how many teams would trade for him. First you have to give up picks/players (and it would be a lot) and then you have to sign him to a long term deal to make it worth your while (and it would be a lot more). Like him or not, he will be a Giant this year.

  15. “When the alternative is sitting on the couch eating pork rinds and watching bowling”

    I like to think that is not the only alternative. But also I guess some of the alternatives I see teams wish their guy would have just went for the pork rinds.

  16. Where will they find this kind of production in the draft if they dump him…How come nobody has an issue with Eli Apple who was called a cancer by Collins and the coaches.You people need to stop hating and recognize talent wins games not politics

  17. Who really needs to be dumped is garbage players like John Jerry draft Barkley of the Browns take Darnold then draft the best OG available in the 2nd RD and watch the Offense fly

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