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Report: Odell Beckham Jr.'s Agent Leaves Town Without New Contract

August 06, 2018 - 2:18 pm
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By WFAN.com

If you thought the contract talks between the Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. would be quick and painless, think again.

According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Beckham's agent, Zeke Sandhu, has left town after having face-to-face negotiations with the Giants last week. While a Giants source told Anderson that "both sides worked diligently to consummate a deal," they could not agree on the wide receiver's market value.

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The Giants are valuing Beckham below Chiefs wideout Sammy Watkins, who signed a three-year deal in March that averages $16 million a season, ESPN reported.

Beckham is seeking a contract that would make him the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver, a title that currently belongs to the Steelers' Antonio Brown, whose average salary is $17 million.

In fact, if the Giants are indeed offering Beckham a deal worth less than $16 million annually, that would rank him at best sixth among wide receivers, also behind Tampa Bay's Mike Evans ($16.5 million), Houston's DeAndre Hopkins ($16.2 million) and St. Louis' Brandin Cooks ($16.2 million).

A three-time Pro Bowler, Beckham, 25, has caught 313 passes for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns. He became the first wide receiver in NFL history to have at least 90 receptions and 1,300 yards in each of his first three seasons.

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Beckham is set to earn $8.5 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract. He reported on time for training camp, deciding against holding out.

"I'm confident it will all work itself out," Beckham told reporters Saturday of his contract situation. "It always does."

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Giants and Beckham's camp are "encouraged a deal could be done before the season" and that the contract could indeed make Beckham the highest-paid wideout.