OBJ is staying in New York, and suddenly the Giants are poised to have one of the best young WR-RB duo’s in the NFL.
— NFL (@NFL) August 28, 2018
The Giants have inked Odell to a 5 year, $95 million extension good through the 2023-24 season, with a guaranteed $65 million. The deal averages $19.2 million per year, and shatters the record for largest contract for a wide receiver in NFL history.
“God, I can’t even put into words my gratitude. This is only the beginning…. #ImThankful”
– OBJ, via Instagram
There seems to be little debate that OBJ is deserving of every penny he’s getting. Since joining the league in 2014, Odell has averaged 94.1 yards per game, catching 313 passes for 4424 total yards. In his first 3 seasons, he put up at least 1300 yards every year with double digit touchdowns. He missed nearly all of the 2017-18 season, but was on pace to do the same damage.
Even with 17 missed games since 2014, OBJ ranks 2nd in touchdown catches, 3rd in yards per game, 7th in receiving yards, and 8th in receptions. He’s consistently pegged as a top 4 WR in today’s game, and at just 25 years old he’s the youngest in the bunch.
This contract puts months of speculation regarding animosity between the FSU alum and the Giants to rest. The Giants pulled out the big bucks for the kid, and he clearly was willing to endure what could be several more mediocre years in New York for the money.
Although I say the Giants will be mediocre, they could surprise some people (myself) this season. If OBJ stays healthy, Saquon meets the hype, and the offensive line shows the improvement Dave Gettleman put into it.