October 10, 2018 at 09:09 #558
In February Calais Campbell Jersey , Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham sent a tweet that suggested he’d be OK with playing zero snaps in the preseason.
Beckham later said that people shouldn’t take things so seriously, but it remains to be seen when and if he’ll play in games this summer. Beckham and the Giants have been practicing with the Lions this week, however, and Beckham said on Thursday that working against another team has been beneficial as he returns from last year’s fractured ankle.
“I’m really just trying to get back to the best that I possibly can be,” Beckham said, via NJ.com. “So to get out there and work some of the techniques, work on some of the things you’ve been working on against somebody else, it was a good confidence-builder.”
Beckham’s confidence may not rely on the words of others Eagles Authentic Jerseys , but he got a good review from Lions cornerback Darius Slay after their first day working against each other.
Beckham said that he and coach Pat Shurmur have discussed a plan for each week of the preseason. What that plan is for Friday’s game isn’t clear, but Beckham said he “can’t really shy away from [work] right now” if he’s going to be ready for the season.
The New York Football Giants, a bedrock NFL franchise, have negotiated thousands of player contracts over the decades. Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who received a slotted rookie deal in 2014, has negotiated as a practical matter none. And the Giants surely have been banking on that imbalance in lowballing Beckham.
That’s why Beckham needs to hold out of training camp. It’s his only real leverage and, given his other options to force the Giants to pay Beckham what he deserves, it’s his only real choice.
If he shows up as a show of good faith and talks go nowhere Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys , he can’t leave. Well, he can leave. But the Giants would hold all the cards.
A player who reports and then departs opens the door for the so-called “five-day letter,” which advises the player that if he doesn’t return within (wait for it) five days, the team can then put him on the reserve/left squad list, shutting down his season and tolling his contract for a full year.
In Beckham’s case, this would mean he’ll still be working under the fifth-year option — and he’ll still be a full season from free agency or the franchise tag — in 2019.
Beckham also could try to “hold in,” which in his case would entail showing up but refusing to practice until he has a contract. That position quickly would amount to conduct detrimental to the team, exposing him to fines and suspensions and other problems somewhat akin to what Terrell Owens experienced in Philadelphia 13 years ago.
Based on how Beckham handled the offseason program (showing up but not really doing anything) Earl Mitchell Jersey , and given his statement from a week ago that he plans to report for camp, Beckham probably has been contemplating a report-but-refuse-to-participate-in-team-drills approach. The news that a holdout remains on the table likely indicates that his representatives hope to persuade Beckham that it’s much better to not show up than to show up and not work.
So will Beckham show up? Again, he shouldn’t. And the team needs to know now that he won’t, which would make the start of training camp a very real deadline in a deadline-driven industry.
The core question remains whether Beckham is wired to withstand a holdout. Last year, when he stayed away from offseason workouts due to his contract status (but never admitted that was the reason for it), Beckham seemed to be ultra-sensitive about any and all criticism regarding not-really-a-holdout holdout.
Indeed, Beckham blocked the PFT Twitter account simply because I repeatedly said that he should explain why he’s not participating in offseason workouts, so that the fans will understand why he’s not there.
We nevertheless support his quest to be paid what he deserves. The owners have made Youth Rick Leonard Jersey , and will continue to make (without any actual physical or business risk), billions. The NFL’s best and most popular players individually have one or two chances to make the millions they deserve.
And they have limited tools for forcing a recalcitrant team to pay up. For Beckham, the best (only) option is to not show up for training camp. While many who simply don’t get it would give him a hard time for doing it, those who understand the realities of the situation will — and should — support him.
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