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Odell Beckham, Jr Will Attend Giants’ Minicamp This Week

With his contract extension still up in the air, New York Giants star WR Odell Beckham, Jr. will be in attendance at Tuesday’s mandatory minicamp at the team’s facility in New Jersey.

Beckham is still rehabbing from the fractured ankle that ended his season in Week Five last year but is said to nearing 100%. It is not known how much he will participate in the three-day workout period.

Beckham has been present at some of the team’s OTAs but has not been fully cleared. Head coach Pat Shurmur said on NBC4 Sunday night that Beckham was close to returning but also admitted the contract situation had been part of the reason why he did not attend all of the OTAs.

There is still a possibility that OBJ could hold out when the team re-assembles in late July for training camp. After all, he cannot be expected to risk his longterm health without and solid guarantees beyond this season.

From Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv:

For now, he will avoid the showdown — and $84,435 in fines — by being with his team at mini-camp, the sources said. What’s unclear, though, is how much he’ll participate – if at all. During the OTAs, Beckham was limited mostly to individual drills and working alone with trainers as he continues to recover from ankle surgery. But two weeks ago, Shurmur did say Beckham was “pretty close” to being cleared to practice fully.

The Giants have made overtures that they want to extend Beckham, who has designs on becoming the highest-paid receiver (if not the highest-paid player) in the NFL. But CEO John Mara intimated that he wanted see a more mature Beckham before he plunked down a significant wad of cash on him.

Beckham, as part of his rookie contract option, will be paid $8.459 million this season and will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next March. The Giants can avoid that happening in two ways. First by inking him to that extension and, second, by slapping the franchise tag on him.

The latter would likely be more expensive since the tag price would probably be more than any first-year salary they would agree to pay him. The cap hits on the new contract would be prorated down the road whereas the tag salary hits the cap 100% that season.

The Giants would like nothing more than to keep their best player, who is also their most popular although rookie Saquon Barkley’s jersey sales have eclipsed that of Beckham’s.

QB Eli Manning and the offense struggled without Beckham last season, averaging just 15.4 points per game. Consider this….

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