New York Giants Made Right Move By Extending Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr. is the most explosive wide receiver in football, Shaun O'Hara said, and the Giants weren't going to let him walk

Taz and the Moose
October 30, 2018 - 8:00 am

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Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most polarizing players in the NFL, but he’s also one of the best – which is why the Giants gave him a five-year extension with $65 million guaranteed. That makes Beckham the highest-paid wide receiver in football.

“I think they did the right thing,” NFL Network analyst Shaun O’Hara said of the Giants on Taz & The Moose. “You don’t let superstars and megastars like that just walk out of your building. I don’t think they had any intention of letting him wear another jersey next year. They recognize the supreme talent that he is. He’s a special, special player.”

Beckham, 25, recorded 90+ catches for 1,300+ yards and 10+ touchdowns in each of his first three seasons. 

“There’s a lot of good receivers in the game, (but) nobody has the acceleration and the explosive ability that Odell has,” O’Hara said. “That’s what you pay for. You’ve got to deal with a little bit of drama sometimes. I call them wide re-Divas for a reason.”

Indeed, OBJ has created his fair share of headlines – and not all of them have been positive. Still, O’Hara, who played for the Giants from 2004-10, believes OBJ has matured in recent months.

“I think he’s grown a little bit in just this last year,” he said. “He’s learned through some of the hard knocks that he’s kind of dealt with and brought on himself. I saw a different Odell Beckham this year at training camp. Yeah, he was still having fun and still out there having fun when the music was on. I think he brings a ton of energy to the team in that manner. But what I saw was a guy that was competing – knowing he wasn’t going to play in any of these games, competing every day in practice, pushing his teammates, trying to make his team better. 

“Those are the kind of guys that you want around your team – guys that are willing to compete” O’Hara continued. “They’re not looking for reps off. They’re not looking for, ‘Hey, I need a day off.’ I think that really gets contagious when you get a bunch of guys like that on your team. There’s no question that he is a difference-maker for that team not just for the contributions he can help the team out with in terms of catching and yards, but in terms of just moving the defense and affecting everyone else.” 

The Giants open the season at home against Jacksonville on Sept. 9. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.