Odell Beckham Jr. will be present on Monday for the start of the New York Giants' offseason program, said wide receiver Josina Anderson of ESPN. Beckham is scheduled to fly from Los Angeles to New Jersey this Sunday. He plans to be at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Monday to "check in, train at the gym and meet some people." It's a sign of solidarity as new head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman try to restructure the team's culture. While Beckham still wants a new contract, this gives the Giants a chance to catch a glimpse of the ankle that was injured in October and shows that Beckham is willing to support the new program.
The hope is that this will lead to more serious contract negotiations in the near future after the Giants left the door open for an exchange two weeks ago at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Florida. Low season trainings are voluntary according to the collective bargaining agreement. Beckham and Olivier Vernon were not present for much of the offseason training program last year. Vernon is also expected to attend this year with the team learning new offensive and defensive schemes with the new coaching staff. Shurmur said last month that he expected Beckham to attend the team's off-season program, which officially ends with a mandatory mini-camp in mid-June. Beckham has been training in Los Angeles this offseason.Get your free soccer bettings and bet on your favourite team.
"All reports indicate that it will be ready as we move forward," Shurmur said last month at NFL meetings. "There are steps to follow, all signs are that it will be ready when we start playing in September." Shurmur has publicly stated that he believes it is important that all his players participate in the off-season program. He wants to use it to create chemistry and strengthen relationships. Beckham and Shurmur met in Los Angeles last month to meet each other. Shurmur said everything went well. Beckham was not at Duke University last month, where quarterback Eli Manning took some of his receivers for his annual trip.
It's no secret that Beckham wants a new contract. He played last year for $ 1.8 million before breaking his ankle in the Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The team has not seriously entered into negotiations with its main weapon at any time. Beckham, 25, is expected to win $ 8.5 million with the fifth year option of his rookie contract. A new contract would probably place it in the range of 60 million guaranteed. The Giants created a storm at NFL meetings when team leaders said they would hear offers for Beckham. Several teams have asked for their services. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Giants had asked for at least two first-round picks in exchange for Beckham, despite the team insisting he was not negotiating with the three-time Pro Bowl receiver. The Los Angeles Rams were one of the interested teams, however, made a trade with the New England Patriots by wide receiver Brandin Cooks, eliminating them as a possible destination.
This offseason, a controversial video emerged in which Beckham had what appeared to be a brown cigarette in his hand while a woman used a credit card to form lines of white powder. The video was taken after a night of partying in France. It is one of several incidents that have annoyed the owners of the Giants since he was recruited. Giants co-owner John Mara was also not pleased when Beckham pretended to pee the field like a dog after a touchdown last season against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Beckham has never been in trouble with the law and is a figure in the dressing room. He is one of the best players in the NFL when he is healthy, having scored 38 touchdowns in 47 career games. The Giants offense averaged 13.6 points in 13 games last season in which Beckham did not play or was injured by injury. He finished second in the team with three touchdown receptions despite only playing four games.