Myers On Beckham Deal: Now Let's See If He Can Behave

Giants Star WR Signed A 5-Year, $90 Million Extension Monday

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August 28, 2018 - 11:36 am

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Odell Beckham Jr. has agreed to a five-year extension with the New York Giants that will make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.

Beckham's deal added five years and $90 million to the one-year, $8.4 million contract he was set to play on this season. The star receiver can earn another $5 million in incentives, has $65 million in total guaranteed money and will receive $41 million fully guaranteed at signing. 

The contract surpasses Antonio Brown's $17 million annual average salary, as well as Mike Evans' $55 million in total guarantees.

The deal did not always look as if it would get done. It was only five months ago that the Giants were listening to trade offers for Beckham, as his latest off-the-field issue led to the team exploring the possibility of trading their best player.

Gary Myers, a Contributor to The Athletic, joined Ferrall on the Bench Monday and told Scott that he knew a deal between the two sides would get done once Beckham showed up to New York's training camp in phenominal shape.

"Once they got past the point where they were entertaining trade offers, and pretty much decided, 'Let's see if his ankle's ok, let's see if he behaves himself for the next few months.' Once he got to training camp on time and in really good shape, I knew that it would get done before the start of the season," Myers said. "And good for him. Now let's see with all the guaranteed money, a total $65 million, if the guy can behave himself and grow up. I think he was on his best behavior now because he wanted a new deal, but now that he has the money in his pocket, let's see what happens next."

Beckham had been seeking a contract extension for almost two years. Despite the receiver showing optimism recently that a deal would get done, that was not always the case.

The 25-year-old star has had his fair share of both on and off-the-field issues since being selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. While some of these scandals have caused major headaches for the Giants, none led to his arrest or any serious legal problems. 

"He hasn't been in any trouble. He's never been arrested as far as I know, and the stuff that we know for sure that's been documented has been silly stuff..." Myers said about the issues Beckham has faced over the last few years. "The things that have the Giants concerned are the immature things. I don't know that they go to sleep at night worrying they're getting a phone call that he's behind bars somewhere. I don't think it's come close to that."

There is no denying the talent Beckham brings to the football field. The young receiver had at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three professional seasons. In addition, he was the quickest in NFL history to reach 200 receptions and 3,000 yards, taking only 30 games to reach those milestones. 

Beckham's accolades include Offensive Rookie of the Year, three Pro Bowl appearances, and two Second-team All-Pro selections. While these awards are great, one of the most impressive accomplishments of the receiver's young career is the comparison he has earned to Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice. Beckham's first three seasons were as good as any receiver in NFL history, and has led many to compare him to a young Rice.

Myers told Scott that while he agrees that Beckham has the talent to be as good as Rice, he must work on his behavior to truly reach that level of greatness.

"I wrote a year and a half ago, does he want to be Terrell Owens or does he want to be Jerry Rice?" Myers said about Beckham. "The only thing seperating those two for the most part was their behavior and the immaturity that T.O. always exhibited but Jerry Rice didn't. I think Beckham, although he's much smaller than those guys, is just a phenominal talent that can probably set all kinds of records if he stays healthy and is not a knucklehead."