INDIANAPOLIS — Maybe when Odell Beckham Jr. tweeted that he would play in “0” preseason games, he actually meant to type “20” — as in the $20 million-plus per year he reportedly is seeking from the Giants on a new deal.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo on Wednesday afternoon at the NFL Combine said on-air: “I know that Odell Beckham has told some people that he wants some really significant numbers … He’s in the 20s. From what he has told people close to him, he wants to be in the low 20s.”
This isn’t a surprise considering Beckham said last year he wanted to be the league’s highest-paid player, an unrealistic goal given that free agent quarterbacks such as Kirk Cousins are expected to command $30 million a year on this spring’s open market.
But now that this $20 million-plus price tag is public — a number that would far eclipse Antonio Brown’s league-high $17 million for wide receivers — hopefully everyone is awake to how large a potential Beckham holdout and ugly negotiation is looming.
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Not to mention that earlier in the day, Giants GM Dave Gettleman had laughed when ESPN’s Josina Anderson asked if a wide receiver such as OBJ could eclipse the $20 million annual salary mark in today’s booming NFL cap climate.
“This is America. It’s a great place. Anything’s possible,” an amused Gettleman said with a smile.
But if the Giants chuckle at Beckham’s agent’s proposals the same way, this is going nowhere fast.
“I’m not gonna go into it, OK?” Gettleman said, when asked where Beckham’s negotiations stand on his list of priorities. “I’m not gonna talk about contracts, and what I’m always gonna tell you guys is contracts get done when they’re supposed to get done. That’s it.”
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Gettleman might not blow up his misbehaving secondary. He said Eli Apple (suspended in Week 17 for conduct detrimental to the team) has “a clean slate” and added: “I hope he shows up April 9” for the start of workouts. And of Jenkins (suspended in Week 9 for missing a practice) the GM said: “Janoris is a very talented, gifted player, and I’ve gotten to know him a little bit and I’m excited he’s a New York football Giant.” … The Giants front office met Monday to discuss free agents they intend to pursue. Gettleman wants “smart, tough guys who hate to lose” to create a winning culture. Carolina first-team All-Pro left guard Andrew Norwell, 26, remains a likely priority for Gettleman, who signed Norwell out of Ohio State as an undrafted free agent for the Panthers in 2014. Gettleman hinted there “could be” Giants free agents he plans to re-sign and lauded free agent left guard Justin Pugh’s versatility and intelligence. But the GM sounds prepared to pay for a pricey asset like Norwell.
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