In my opinion, when healthy, New York Giants’ receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is the most entertaining player to watch in all of football. His ability to make highlight reel plays nearly every game makes watching any Giants game a thrill. His name really entered top NFL receiver discussions back in 2014 during a Sunday Night Football game. Odell made an incredible one-handed catch in the end zone from 43 yards out despite a pass interference call on cornerback Brandon Carr. Numerous names like LeBron James and Chris Collinsworth have hailed Beckham’s catch as one of the best catches in the history of the game. Later that year, the jersey Odell wore during his famed catch was brought to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Antics like these one-handed catches is what earned Odell NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014. Since then, he’s put the league on note, quickly asserting himself as a top receiver.
And today, all of his hard work and dedication is finally noticed, as the Giants and him agreed on a 5-year, $95 million contract with $65 million guaranteed according to Josina Anderson of ESPN. This deal makes OBJ the highest paid receiver in the NFL. Odell quickly released the following statement to express his gratitude regarding his new contract:
“Honestly, I don’t even know how to explain it. I don’t know if it’s a relief, I don’t know – it’s a combination of everything. You’ve worked all your life to get to this point and it’s finally here. I have to thank Mr. Mara, Steve Tisch, Mr. Gettleman, coach (Pat) Shurmur, Eli (Manning), all the guys I played with in the past years. Everybody was really a part of this—my mom, my dad, my family, everybody who was supporting me through this. It’s just such an amazing feeling, I can’t even explain. Most importantly, I have to thank God for being able to put me back together mentally, physically, spiritually. This is just truly amazing; I don’t even know the right words to describe.”
Odell had skipped the team’s organized activities last May, but it was ambiguous as to his reasoning. Eventually, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that his absence was directly related to his contract. And the team wants OBJ to stay with the Giants for a long while. Last June, Giants co-owner John Mara said, “we [the Giants] want him [Odell Beckham Jr.] to be a Giant for the rest of his career.”
It seems that Mara and the G-Men have locked up OBJ for the prime of his career, although it could be argued that he’s been in his prime since his rookie season. Since coming into the league in 2014, OBJ has 38 touchdowns in 4 seasons, despite only playing 4 games last year due to ankle surgery. In each of his first 3 seasons, OBJ has had over 1,000 receiving yards, 90 receptions, and 10 touchdowns. His ability to make plays on the ball and then burst into open field with ease is unmatched by any receiver in the NFL. If he manages to remain healthy for the season, the Eli Manning will be thrilled to target the star receiver.
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