Being nearly 3 months away from the start of the Giants season against the Dallas Cowboys and before mini-camp has even started Odell Beckham Jr is in the headlines (again). It does not involve a trip to Miami or on- the-field play but OBJ has missed “voluntary” Organized Team Activities (OTAs). And with the retweets of OBJ on Twitter, the speculation behind this action of not reporting to OTAs is that OBJ wants a new contract and this is what the Giants should do in the case of a holdout.
When it comes to a new contract OBJ has outperformed his rookie contract and does deserve to get paid. On the field, Beckham Jr has delivered. In his three NFL seasons Beckham Jr. has been a Pro Bowler. OJB is also a scoring threat from anywhere on the field whether he is running a fade route in the end zone or a slant route from the Giants own 30 Odell can electrify the crowd and decimate the opponent in mere seconds.
There would also be repercussions to Beckham Jr if he had a prolonged holdout and that would be monetary losses on two forms. First, the Giants could fine OBJ based on how many days he missed and while one day is not a hefty, fine missing 30 days would involve Beckham Jr. cutting a significant check for his no-shows. The second loss would be from sponsorships because sponsors generally do not want to build a media campaign and provide fiscal resources to a player who is in the midst of a holdout. The sponsors for OBJ want Beckham Jr on the field playing at a Pro Bowl level just as much as the Giants do.
The length of the contract is also important as if Beckham Jr gets a new contract it should last till at least 2020 or 2021. The reason behind this would be that Beckham Jr would still be a Giant when Eli Manning is expected to retire. Manning’s contract expires at the end of 2019 and it seems logical for Manning to retire after 2019. Whoever replaces Manning on the roster will have big shoes to fill but OBJ would be able to smooth the transition.
Beckham Jr has shown to be a premier wide receiver in the NFL and whether it is Davis Webb or someone not currently on the Giant’s roster having Odell Beckham Jr. as a target will automatically make that new quarterback better. Having a big play threat that can line up anywhere on the field will ease the transition of Eli’s replacement. It will take a new contract to get that.