Blueprint for Odell Beckham’s new Giants contract: Large bucks for WR, small protections for NY | NFL

All professional sports activities contracts require a leap of religion to various levels. An enormous extension for diva extensive receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will prime the charts when it comes to anxiousness stage for the Giants if and when a brand new deal is finalized.

As common supervisor Dave Gettleman works towards a brand new contract for OBJ with Giants proprietor John Mara watching intently, my recommendation to the group is easy: Proceed with warning. And ensure the deal contains protections for New York so Beckham needs to be productive on the sector and trouble-free off the sector as a way to max out the potential {dollars}.

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I salute Beckham and his agent Zeke Sandhu for the smart move to take part within the Giants’ offseason program and report on time to coaching camp. Beckham is saying the fitting issues, comparable to, “They’re going to get it performed once they get it performed. Let my agent and them determine it out. I am optimistic.” The gesture of fine religion — to not point out Beckham staying out of the tabloids currently — has motivated New York to work on an extension that, if accomplished, might take the 25-year-old Beckham above Antonio Brown’s $17 million per yr because the league’s highest-paid receiver.

At draft time, I advocated for the Giants to commerce Beckham if they might get an enormous return. That did not occur, so it now is sensible for New York to maintain him a minimum of for this season and hope he stays centered and wholesome after lacking 12 video games final yr with an ankle harm. That ought to imply the return of the participant who averaged 96 catches, 1,374 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns per season over his first three years within the NFL whereas making three Professional Bowls. With No. 2 general draft decide Saquon Barkley within the backfield, the Giants’ offense is about up with a terrific one-two punch.

The group’s massive fear: If Beckham indicators a mega-bucks extension, will he then revert to the participant who has been a distraction whereas bringing a lot angst to Large Blue?

Gettleman’s expectation and directive in finishing this deal needs to be that Beckham should mature. The WR might be within the limelight solely on the premise of his nice expertise and highlight-reel catches; or for attending offseason gala occasions, the place he can feed his ego by being seen with out embarrassing the group.

No extra Miami boat journeys with in depth partying the week earlier than a playoff sport. No extra images of Beckham in a Paris lodge room the place medicine look like current. No extra ego-driven spats on the sector with cornerbacks like Josh Norman.

It is a tall order for an emotional participant who likes to celebration and hang around with celebrities … which will get us again to the construction of the contract.

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If I have been in Gettleman’s sneakers, I might supply Beckham $72 million over 4 extra years whereas protecting his $8.5 million wage for this yr intact. (With a big signing bonus, his money this yr would considerably enhance.) The participant and agent might declare that, in new cash at $18 million per yr, Beckham could be the NFL’s highest-paid receiver. From the Giants’ perspective, Beckham in whole could be paid $80.5 million over 5 years, a mean $16.1 million per yr, lower than the earnings of Brown and Mike Evans ($16.5 million per yr).

I might assure $48 million in Beckham’s deal, the identical 67 % assured in Evans’ contract with the Buccaneers. I additionally would assure this season, the final of Beckham’s rookie contract, at $8.5 million. That will take the full assure to $56.5 million, which might prime Evans’ $55 million assure.

Beckham’s camp is probably going searching for $20 million per yr, and the Giants do not wish to go that top. An inexpensive settlement could be $77 million in new cash, or $19.25 per yr for the 4 extension years (2019-22). Together with this season’s $8.5 million, that might take Beckham’s whole to $85.5 million. The ensuing $17.1 million in common wage would place Beckham above Brown.

If needed to shut the deal, I might give Beckham a $three million escalator within the closing yr of the contract if he makes three Professional Bowls from 2018-21 and the Giants make the playoffs a minimum of twice over these 4 years. That will convey his extension to $80 million, and provided that stage of efficiency, Beckham could be definitely worth the cash. The deal must be reasonably priced for the Giants with wage cap will increase over the subsequent few years. Plus, the 37-year-old Manning must be retired by 2021 or ’22, so New York seemingly can have a less expensive beginning QB.

As a part of the compensation to get to these numbers, I would come with a $500,000 annual offseason exercise bonus to ensure Beckham is current for these 9 weeks. I additionally would come with $500,000 every season in per-game roster bonuses ($31,250 per sport). With a participant who missed most of final season, the roster bonuses type a minor safety mechanism for the Giants if Beckham cannot play as a result of harm. Stefon Diggs’ new Vikings extension reportedly has the same clause.

I additionally suppose it is vital that the contract contains main give-back of signing bonus if Beckham is ever suspended for on- or off-field incidents. I all the time included such language and made it extra penal for gamers with a historical past of hassle.

I have been an NFL common supervisor negotiating a contract that may make a participant the very best paid at his place (or near it). In Minnesota, I did it with Randall McDaniel, Chris Doleman, Cris Carter and John Randle — all Corridor of Famers, so these offers labored out. In Tennessee, I did it with Eddie George and Steve McNair — multiple-time Professional Bowlers. All of these have been lower-risk offers since there have been few harm considerations and nearly no off-field points.

I took on a a lot greater threat issue, although, after I made Robert Smith one of many NFL’s highest-paid working backs after he had missed most of two seasons with ACL accidents early in his profession. That was essentially the most anxiety-ridden deal I ever did. Fortuitously, it labored out. Smith had a number of nice seasons after signing his massive contract in 1998. And with him, I did not have to fret about behavioral points.

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I by no means needed to negotiate a significant contract with a celebrity participant who carried the double whammy of an harm historical past and off-field misbehavior. So with Beckham, if this long-term marriage of participant and group is consummated, Gettleman and Mara will probably be nervous about whether or not they made the fitting resolution. They will probably be holding their breath for the size of the contract, hoping for a number of Professional Bowls, playoff seasons and good conduct from Beckham as a way to reward their leap of religion.

That is life as a professional sports activities group government, finishing offers and hoping they do not blow up as a result of career-altering accidents or unhealthy conduct, something that might deter a participant from reaching his peak efficiency on a constant foundation.

Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice chairman/common supervisor of the Vikings. He was chosen NFL Govt of the Yr in 1998. Diamond is presently a enterprise and sports activities advisor who additionally does broadcast and on-line media work. He makes talking appearances to company/civic teams and faculty courses on Negotiation and Sports activities Enterprise/Sports activities Administration. He’s the previous chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Comply with Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL.

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