â Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton)
June 6, 2017
The comments come at what appears to be a strange time in the Beckham-Giants relationship. The wide receiver has not attended voluntary offseason workouts, which is a right fully granted to him. He’s buttressed his position with a series of seemingly pointed retweets of late, including one video of an ESPN reporter suggesting he would not show up for mandatory minicamp or training camp without a new contract.
Of course, combing a 24-year-old’s Twitter feed for clues seems like a fruitless endeavor, especially if Beckham does show up to mandatory minicamp on June 13. They might have just been a snapshot of how he felt in the moment — an undoubtedly complex mix of emotions, pressures, thoughts and fears. If he doesn’t show up, though, Mara’s comments about a long-term deal and how Beckham feels about his current situation all of a sudden become quite interesting.
Keeping Beckham in New York for a long time will be expensive in the kind of way that alters a salary cap structure. Currently, the club has about $8 million in space, according to salary cap site Over The Cap. Beckham this year accounts for just $3,311,063 — a number that will rise to $8,459,000 next season on the fifth-year option. His prospective new deal will be worth more than Falcons wideout Julio Jones, whose five-year $71.25 million deal sits atop the receiver market in both guarantee percentage and total guarantees at signing ($35.5 million). Before that is doled out, I wonder if the Giants are waiting for Beckham to become a player they don’t have to wonder about at all from the perspective of a team that wants everyone present and accounted for.