New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will not participate in team drills during minicamp.
Beckham’s attendance was uncertain until last week, when coach Pat Shurmur said the Giants expected the mercurial wideout to be at the first mandatory workout of the summer.
Seeking a contract extension as he enters the fifth-year option of his rookie deal, Beckham showed for the start of organized team activities — which are voluntary — in May but had been absent for the past two weeks.
Mandatory minicamp for the Giants runs from Tuesday to Thursday, with players undergoing physicals Monday, before the team breaks until training camp begins in late July.
Beckham has yet to participate in practice — he instead worked on a side field with training staff — as he recovers from a broken left ankle suffered last season, but Shurmur has said it is possible the receiver will be cleared for minicamp.
The 25-year-old’s appearance for the start of OTAs was seen as a show of good faith with the organization, after his name was a popular one in trade rumors as a new coaching staff and general manager (Dave Gettleman) took over this offseason. Owner John Mara told reporters in May that there isn’t a “sense of urgency” to extend Beckham, adding, “The contract will get done when it’s supposed to get done.”
Beckham is set to make close to $8.5 million in 2018 and has made no secret of his desire for a new deal, suggesting last year he wanted to become the league’s highest-paid player.
While that won’t happen, Beckham is likely angling to top the wideout market, which is led by Antonio Brown at $17 million per season. Three of Beckham’s classmates from the 2014 draft, Mike Evans ($16.5 million annually), Sammy Watkins ($16 million) and Jarvis Landry ($15.1 million), received lucrative contracts this offseason to move them into the top five among receivers.
Though he played in just four games last season due to injury, Beckham has averaged 107 catches, 1,506 yards and 13 touchdowns per 16 games in his four-year career.
–Field Level Media