If he knew that the New York Giants would suffer through what promises to be the fourth losing season in his five years with the team, and begin tearing down the roster to begin an arduous rebuild, would Odell Beckham Jr. have put his name on that five-year, $90 million contract he signed in August?
“I don’t really know. It’s not really re-sign, I signed something. I could have been here another three years,” Beckham said on Thursday. “It’s hard to think about that right now, and it’s really irrelevant to think about that now because I’m here and I will be here.”
With Beckham due $65 million in guaranteed money through the 2020 season, he likely isn’t going anywhere. From 2019 to 2022 he carries a cap hit of no less than $19 million per season.
Whether he wants to be part of a rebuild or not, it looks like that is what Beckham will be part of over the next few seasons. He said he wouldn’t second-guess his decision to sign the long-term deal, richest ever for a wide receiver.
“I just wish we had a better record than what we have,” he said.
Beckham, always a lightning rod no matter what opinion he offers, didn’t go anywhere near offering an opinion on the trades of Eli Apple and Damon Harrison — other than to understandably bemoan the loss of teammates.
“It’s really not my job. This is a multi-million, billion dollar industry, and at the end of the day it is a business so it’s really out of my control,” Beckham said. “Those guys were family, Snacks (Damon Harrison) was like a brother to me, he came and visited me in the hospital. We’ll forever be lifelong friends, brothers, and I’m wishing him and Eli (Apple) the best in their careers, but it is a business. It’s tough, that’s the toughest part about this. You get close with people and things like this could happen at any point. It’s just the reality of our sport.”