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Odell Beckham Jr becomes highest paid wide receiver in NFL

HIGHEST PAID: New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr

ODELL BECKHAM Jr has signed a $95 million (£74 million) five-year extension with the New York Giants, making him the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL.

Beckham is guaranteed to earn $65 million over the six seasons that he is now contracted to play for the Giants, but he could pocket a maximum of $95 million.

The 25-year-old said: “Honestly, I don’t even know how to explain it...I don’t know if it’s a relief, I don’t know – it’s a combination of everything. You’ve worked all your life to get to this point and it’s finally here. I have to thank Mr Mara, Steve Tisch, Mr Gettleman, coach (Pat) Shurmur, Eli (Manning), all the guys I played with in the past years. Everybody was really a part of this - my mom, my dad, my family, everybody who was supporting me through this. It’s just such an amazing feeling, I can’t even explain.

“Most importantly, I have to thank God for being able to put me back together mentally, physically, spiritually. This is just truly amazing; I don’t even know the right words to describe.”

Dave Gettleman, the New York Giants’ general manager, said: “It’s a five-year extension, six years total.”


BECKHAM IN ACTION: The Louisiana native said signing the new contract gave him an amazing feeling

“We got him until he’s 108. I never worried whether or not we would get it done. I’m pleased, because the litmus test for a contract is that neither side is ticked off before the ink can dry, and neither side should be ticked off. It’s a very fair deal.”

Roger Lewis, Beckham’s teammate was among those congratulating the Louisiana native on the deal.

He said: “Congrats to my brudda [sic]. Couldn’t be more proud. Been solid since day one. Helped me a lot on my journey. You deserve it. Money, money, money.”

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