Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly skipping Giants' OTAs because of contract

Doug Mendoza
June 7, 2017

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr's absence from OTAs is "directly related to his desire" for a new deal.

A source confirmed to ESPN's Jordan Raanan that Beckham is expected to be at minicamp.

At a time when it's still not clear whether Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. can handle the pressure and stress of playing professional football against the likes of Josh Norman, Beckham apparently can't handle fair criticism regarding his current failure to participate in offseason workouts.

Adding to the speculation, Beckham retweeted a link Tuesday night to an article about Schefter defending the wide receiver. The league's top-paid receiver, Antonio Brown of the Steelers, earns an average of $17 million a year. Despite the rumblings, expect Beckham to be on the field for Week 1 of the upcoming season.

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Fact No. 2: Beckham is scheduled to make only $1.8 million in base salary this season and $8.4 million next season, the last two years of his rookie deal. The Giants are now about $8 million under the salary cap, according to OverTheCap.com.

Beckham told NFL Network's Kimberly Jones that he would be at the team's mandatory minicamp next week, going on to say, "I love my team and am excited about the season".

While Beckham has made appearances at the Giants' offseason program, he has largely worked out in Los Angeles with trainer Jamal Liggin. Not only has Beckham skipped OTAs and other team functions, he's repeatedly taken shots at the media for "fake news" and even appeared to take a subtle jab at head coach Ben McAdoo, who stated unequivocally he wanted his superstars in East Rutherford. Despite the past consequences of daring to call him out, I still firmly believe that a player whom the team hopes will grow up should do the adult thing and explain his absence with his own voice, not with someone else's.

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