Beck­ham: Miss­ing OTAs had noth­ing to do with con­tract

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EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. | Odell Beck­ham Jr. says his de­ci­sion to skip vol­un­tary work­outs had noth­ing to do with his con­tract. The New York Giants star re­ceiver sim­ply wanted to train on his own, re­flect on life and take time to “grow and ma­ture.”

The three-time Pro Bowl re­ceiver joined team­mates Tues­day for the start of a manda­tory three-day mini­camp. He saw lim­ited ac­tion in the 1-hour, 40-minute work­out and dropped one deep ball.

From the time he hit the field, it seemed his ev­ery move was stud­ied by re­porters, pho­tog­ra­phers and video crews. He was re­laxed af­ter prac­tice and hedged sev­eral times when asked about his con­tract.

Beck­ham is one of the NFL’s top re­ceivers and he will earn $1.8 mil­lion in this his fourth sea­son, much less than some re­ceivers who are far less pro­duc­tive. The Giants picked up the op­tion on his fifth year for $8.4 mil­lion in 2018.

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