It’s not very often that an NFL owner says something that takes away any semblance of leverage when discussing a top player. New York Giants co-owner John Mara has done the opposite discussing Odell Beckham Jr. In fact, it seems he’s ready to play hardball, instead. “(The players) don’t want to hear the value you put on them because it hurts their feelings. They’re sad. This is a big boy league. You got to put your big boy pants on now,” he said, per John Healy of the New York Daily News. Though, Mara did acknowledge Beckham is a player the Giants want to have around for the long term. “I think I’ve got to sit with Dave and the new head coach and figure out exactly what is gonna happen here,” he said. “But let’s face it: players with his ability don’t come along very often, so yes I want him to be a part of this team’s future. As far as to when we actually do the contract, I think that’s up for discussion.” The dynamic receiver is set to enter the final year of his rookie deal after the Giants opted to pick up his fifth-year option back in April. If the Giants don’t work out a long-term extension, he’ll earn over $8.4 million in 2018. It’s not chump change, but it’s also not a figure that measures up to Beckham’s worth compared to his peers. After all, the Green Bay Packers just extended Davante Adams on a deal that pays him around $14 million per year.
Mara refuses to commit to long-term deal for Beckham Jr.
Sportsnaut | Dec 30