Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. stiff-arms Cowboys safety Jeff Heath on Dec. 12, 2016, at MetLife Stadium.

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Report: 'Reasonable' Chance Beckham, Giants Get Deal Done Before Week 1

August 24, 2018 - 9:56 am
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By WFAN.com

There is "reasonable optimism from both sides" that the Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. could agree on a long-term contract before the start of the season, according to a report.

According to ESPN, the two sides have made progress on a deal that is expected to make Beckham the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver, a title that currently belongs to the Steelers' Antonio Brown, whose average salary is $17 million.

Talks on a new contract began earlier this month. Beckham is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is set to earn $8.5 million this season. 

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Ten of the other 12 other wide receivers selected in the first two rounds of the 2014 draft have already received new deals, including Tampa Bay's Mike Evans (five years, $82.5 million), the Rams' Brandin Cooks (five years, $81 million) and Kansas City's Sammy Watkins (three years, $48 million).

Last year, Beckham had suggested he should be the league's highest-paid player regardless of position, but it appears highly unlikely he'll enter the stratosphere of the upper-echelon quarterbacks.

"You just got to be realistic with yourself," Beckham said earlier this summer of his contract extension. "You see what happened over the offseason. I can't really worry about anybody else, just let them figure it out and whenever it happens, it'll happen."

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The Giants selected Beckham with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 draft. Over his first three seasons, he recorded 288 receptions for 1,374 yards and 35 touchdowns. He was voted Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014. 

Beckham played just four games in 2017, his season cut short by a broken ankle. Prior to the injury, he had 25 catches for 302 yards and three TDs.

He also has provided his share of distractions both on and off the field. Despite that and the fact that the Giants listened to trade offers for Beckham over the offseason, co-owner John Mara said at the start of training camp, "We want Odell to be a Giant for a long time."