John Mara | Giants will pay wide receiver Odell Beckham

Sheri Evans
July 29, 2017

The Giants recently picked up the fifth-year option on the contract at what is expected to be in the $8.5 million range.

Mara compared Beckham's level of star to Lawrence Taylor, accomplishments aside, and said Beckham has nothing left to prove to convince the Giants he's due a new deal. "But I've gotten to the point in my life where I'm like, 'No, I'm going to. there's no need to not talk about it".

"I think everybody wants to be the highest-paid player". The owner said that it's "a possibility" that Beckham will have a new deal by the start of next year's camp.

So Beckham faces a tall order in achieving his stated goal, but he's certainly been up to every on-field challenge.

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Beckham is coming off of three straight seasons with at least 90 receptions, 1,300 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.

Beckham spoke to Uninterrupted this week about a variety of topics, including his contractual future in the NFL. We're going to pay him. Broncos linebacker Von Miller now holds that distinction with a six-year, $114.5 million deal he inked last year, while the Steelers' Antonio Brown is set to make the most among wide receivers this year at $17,000,000.

Beckham Jr. has certainly made a case for himself to be the highest-paid wide receiver in the National Football League and it will be interesting to see the type of money he winds up commanding. Two-time first-team All-Pro Julio Jones is three years older.

But if the Giants hope to keep Beckham around beyond the next two seasons, it sounds like they'll have to break the bank to do so.

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