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Sto­ry­line of the week

Beck­ham signed: The Giants and star wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr. ended months of spec­u­la­tion when they agreed Aug. 27 to a five-year, $95 mil­lion ex­ten­sion with $65 mil­lion guar­an­teed. The deal makes Beck­ham the high­est­paid wide re­ceiver in NFL his­tory. The guar­an­teed money is the third high­est in the league be­hind At­lanta QB Matt Ryan ($94.5M) and Min­nesota QB Kirk Cousins ($84M). Beck­ham has long main­tained faith that a deal would get done be­fore the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son and that he had no in­ten­tion on hold­ing out. That ma­tu­rity helped fa­cil­i­tate this deal, which will no longer be a dis­trac­tion for the Giants.

Rookie watch

Al­though RB Saquon Barkley has stolen New York’s rookie spot­light, Robert Martin, an un­drafted player out of Rut­gers, is push­ing for a ros­ter spot. He has gained 86 yards on 12 car­ries (7.2 av­er­age) and a TD in the pre­sea­son and could se­cure his spot this week against New Eng­land.

John Fen­nelly and Dan Ben­ton, Giants Wire

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