One former New York Giants wide receiver would like to see a current one get paid — and soon.
Plaxico Burress recently urged the Giants to sign Odell Beckham Jr. to a contract extension before the start of the 2018 season.
Beckham reportedly is seeking a new contract that will make him the highest-paid wideout in the game. The 25-year-old is set to play for $8.5 million in 2018 on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal.
“Everybody in the world knows (Beckham) needs to be rewarded,” the 40-year-old Burress told NJ.com. “It’s only a matter of time. Don’t have him disgruntled going into the season, and then you lose him. Why even put yourself in that position?”
Burress found himself in a similar situation as Beckham, as the former wanted to sign a new deal prior to the 2008 season as means of protection while coming off an ankle injury. Burress skipped offseason practices and was often limited to riding a stationary bike before signing a five-year deal just hours before the season opener.
“It became about the (other) guys,” Burress said. “You try to handle your business as you should. I’m really close with a lot of the guys I played with. We were coming off a championship. Sitting down talking with those guys was like, ‘It’s not about them. It’s about us.’ We had a great team back then. Hopefully, those same thoughts go through (Odell’s) mind and he’s able to make the decision to show up and perform.
“I hope that he doesn’t let that affect him going into training camp. I say just go pay the guy so they can put all that behind them and everybody goes into a season with a tremendous focus of winning another championship.”
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Beckham was limited to four games in 2017 before he was injured. Without their best offensive player, the Giants slumped to a 3-13 record last season while New York’s offense ranked 31st in the league in scoring at 15.4 points per game.
Beckham has 313 catches for 4,424 yards with 38 touchdowns in four seasons with the Giants. He was named the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Burress provided the signature moment in Super Bowl XLII by catching the game-winning touchdown on a 13-yard pass from Eli Manning with 35 seconds remaining. The Giants held on for a 17-14 win over the New England Patriots.
Burress played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Giants and New York Jets during his NFL career.