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OBJ’s new deal brings added pressure, responsibilities

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That is the new reality for Odell Beckham Jr. He is set to become the highest-paid offensive non-quarterback in NFL history with the five-year, $95 million extension he’s receiving from the New York Giants.

It hasn’t come easily. Beckham is one of the last wide receivers from his 2014 draft class to be rewarded with a new deal. Some of the wait was self-inflicted; some of it was simply the Giants’ way of doing business and wanting to make sure that the ankle he broke last year wasn’t going to be a problem.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Beckham made it easy for the Giants of late. He did just about everything they asked of him since the start of the spring, even risking getting on the field this summer in live drills and joint practices with many millions at stake. It didn’t have to go so smoothly, but it did, leading us to this point.4

After months — even years — of waiting (and at one point, the Giants listening to trade offers), Beckham was finally rewarded. And now, it’s time for him to hold up his end of the bargain as the second-highest-paid player on the team and the ninth-highest-paid player in the league in terms of guaranteed money.

With the new deal comes the inevitable reality that this is Beckham’s team, if not today then soon enough. Quarterback Eli Manning will not be around forever, and Beckham is now signed through 2023. Manning will be 42 by that time, likely out of the league for several years.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Beckham, who unofficially became the face of the franchise once he agreed to the new deal, may still be in his prime. He will be the player who needs to hold others accountable — in the locker room, on the field and off — and set the right example.

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