The talented but volatile receiver was coming off season ending surgery, and made contractual demands in the media basically proclaiming that he wanted to be the highest paid player in the sport.
In March, the odds of Beckham and the Giants coming together for peaceful and productive contract negotiations were the equivalent of winning a blackjack hand with 16 showing going against a 10.
The combination of Beckham’s outlandish contractual and no-nonsense, hard-nosed new Giants GM Dave Gettelman didn’t exactly seem like a match made in heaven.
However something happened in mid-March.
There was a sit down of some sort between Beckham, Gettelman and Giants owner John Mara, and it’s impossible not to read between the lines.
There’s no doubt in my mind the Giants braintrust issued a challenge to Odell Beckham, Jr. I fully expect that the Giants demanded a certain level of maturity and lack of distraction to make him worthy of being one of the highest paid players in the sport.
Since then, Beckham has showed a sense of maturity that had been missing for a good chunk of his Giants tenure.
He promised that he would not hold out and report to training camp on time without a new contract.
Beckham delivered on that promise.
Instead of being a neverending headache and problem for first-year head coach Pat Shurmur, Beckham has been an asset in training camp.
Despite the fact that he did not appear in a preseason game, his effort and performance in practice despite the lack of a contract was the exact mentality the Giants wanted to see out of their star receiver.
All of a sudden, the narrative around Odell Beckham, Jr. changed in Giants land.
The Giants did not want to give up on one of the most talented playmakers in the sport.
These positive changes led to Beckham becoming the highest-paid wide receiver in the sport after signing a five-year, $95 million contract.
Not quite the highest-paid player in football, but a fair and reasonable contract the Giants and Beckham can both be very happy with.
On the field, there’s no denying Beckham is worth every penny.
The Giants didn’t just bet on Beckham scoring touchdowns and torching corners Sunday after Sunday; they bet on the maturity that was on full display throughout the process of getting paid.
Will that maturity continue to be on display throughout the length of the contract?
Well, that million-dollar question will determine the success of Beckham’s big deal with Big Blue.
Time for Odell to pay it forward.
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