OBJ will “attend” mandatory minicamp, but will he practice?

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Odell Beckham Jr. is getting closer and closer to not setting foot on the field until he gets his new contract.

That was the report in late March — that he won’t do anything until he receives the final reward he clearly deserves from the Giants. And with mandatory minicamp happening this week, Beckham reportedly will be there. The question is whether he’ll be on the field.

Josina Anderson of ESPN.com reports that Beckham is “scheduled to travel into town today with plans of attending the team’s mandatory minicamp practice which starts Tuesday.”

The key word in the report? “Attending.” Because attending isn’t participating.

Of course, Beckham can’t participate until he is medically cleared to do so. That’s yet to happen, due to the broken leg he suffered last year.

If/when clearance comes, Beckham will have a decision to make. And if he practices or plays without a new contract, he’ll have to worry about suffering another serious injury before getting his payday.

Also, the report says he’s traveling to New York with “plans of attending.” Plans often change. And maybe his plans will change, if his agent tells him that it’s not looking as if the Giants will be giving Beckham the kind of contract he wants.

That’s ultimately the question. Will the Giants give him what he wants? If not, will they trade him to a team who will? That window seems to be closed for now; depending on the depth of the divide between team and player, maybe it will creep back onto the table.

10 responses to “OBJ will “attend” mandatory minicamp, but will he practice?

  1. Make him play under the contract he signed or let him sit. He’s not worth what he’s asking and no other team will pay it.

  2. I dont see this narrative being pushed anywhere else as much as I see it here. Lots of conjecture and very little hard evidence. The Giants arent trading him unless another team makes a very stupid offer.

  3. OBJ really needs to justify that he is worth a big payday, and getting on the practice field and helping his team get better would be a huge step in showing that his head is in the right place. For all of his talent and the big plays, he has fallen down in key spots, and has hurt his team badly. His fall downs have been selfish, and the product of very poor decision making. Making the unselfish choice might show the Giants that he can help the team towards a championship – this is why smart teams open their wallets.

  4. .
    “Of course, Beckham can’t participate until he is medically cleared to do so. That’s yet to happen, due to the broken leg he suffered last year.”

    and that sentence negates the whole conspiracy theory article.

  5. He honored his rookie contract…the 5th year option exercised by the team is nothing more than a covert/undercover franchise tag…meanwhile lesser players drafted after Beckham have received huge paydays because teams weren’t allowed to use a bs 5th year option…

    Beckham should do the bare minimum required in terms of practice and playing on the field to accrue that 5th year then force the team to franchise tag him twice and do the exact same thing…

  6. I was into the story until I saw the third sentence started with, Josina Anderson of ESPN.com reports and I stopped reading after that. You want to talk about someone having a job on no merit…

  7. willyalistentothis says:
    June 11, 2018 at 10:55 am
    OBJ really needs to justify that he is worth a big payday, and getting on the practice field and helping his team get better would be a huge step in showing that his head is in the right place. For all of his talent and the big plays, he has fallen down in key spots, and has hurt his team badly. His fall downs have been selfish, and the product of very poor decision making. Making the unselfish choice might show the Giants that he can help the team towards a championship – this is why smart teams open their wallets.
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    I believe his record breaking stats alone justify his worth. As for practicing, he’s not medically cleared yet. What fall downs has hurt the team ? Reese and McNugget did more damage to the team than OBJ could ever have. I beleive most of the high profile players in the league that are in contract disputes haven’t even participated in any team activities yet. I say that to say this……stop looking for reasons to pounce on OBJ and appreciate the fact that we have a top 3 talent that should be here for years to come. We need all the talent we can keep. Look at how we fair when we are talentless(last year’s WR’s), pay the man and let’s get back to competing for a 5th SB.

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