It wasn’t long ago Terrell Owens blessed us with his presence on the football field. From 1996-2010 TO was one of the most dominant receivers in the game. In fact, he may have been the best all-around receiver in the NFL for a time in that range. If you asked him to go deep, he could. If you asked him to go up the middle to make a big catch, he could. If you asked him to run a short route and make something happen, he most definitely could. He was a sight. And it may come to a surprise to a lot of my close friends who know me as I’m never one who cared about the cocky, arrogant attitude players in any sport, but I loved watching the guy.
But…..what killed TO from going down as one of the greatest ever was his attitude.
Yes, Owens loved pointing out he never gotten in trouble with the law, which had been (and still is) a problem in the NFL. He also loved pointing out how he avoided doing extracurricular activities which could have netted him in trouble as he worked out 24-7 it seemed. But that was it. He wore out his welcomes in San Francisco and Philadelphia. He ran his mouth religiously to anybody with a microphone and a camera. He did things and said things that drove his own teammates bonkers. It was like “man, chill out!”
With all that said, Terrell Owens was a once in a lifetime NFL player.
Now we see the closest thing to Owens in Odell Beckham, Jr. An incredibly God-given talented player. The catches he makes are just incredible and you wonder how he can do it. It makes him look like the best WR of this group of great receivers that we’ve seen.
And then, his mouth opens up.
Along with the antics.
Whether it is yelling at his teammates, coaches, or going into the media griping how he isn’t having any fun anymore, Beckham has become one of the most polarizing figures in the NFL, and even in the Giants locker room. And when the normally soft-spoken Eli Manning says it is time to grow up, it is time to grow up. And now one of the Giants owners while not saying he is putting OBJ on the trade block, he hinted nobody IS safe right now in New York.
But what makes it worse is the fact that Beckham’s actions in the past do make a casual fan wonder if his drive is similar to the likes of Owens. We can say a lot about Owens, but the guy was a workhorse. Odell, you don’t have that same feeling and loves more of the camera and the glitz more than getting to that next level.
There is always a debate on the best WR in the game every year and for the last few years, it has been down to a handful: Beckham, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, and Dez Bryant. Bryant’s struggles in Dallas have been well-known and has eliminated him not only from one of the top receivers in the game, but maybe even on his team. Brown and Julio are still up there, but Beckham, partly due to his injury, has fallen down too. The antics and the stuff he does, you have to think it is really hurting his value. Before the 2017 season, Beckham believed he should be the highest paid player in the NFL. Of course, save for Atlanta (Jones), and Pittsburgh (Brown), most teams do not really heavily invest in one receiver. The question is, can the Giants AFFORD to follow suit?
People looked at New York’s 2017 season and saw a complete disaster, but let’s face facts for the most part: the Giants were VERY dinged up and probably had a head coach that was in well over his head in Ben McAdoo. Of course the argument has been should New York go through a massive rebuild? My answer is, “I don’t think so.” Yes, Eli is getting older and New York SHOULD consider a heir apparent to him and soon, but there are pieces in place. However, the Giants are not on the same level as the other NFC powers of Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minnesota, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. Investing a lot of money in a WR when the team isn’t on that upper echelon is a very bad thing. Just look at the Detroit Lions when they gave Calvin Johnson all that money. Detroit was handcuffed by the move which also saw them lose Ndamukong Suh and take a hit on their improved defense. I’m not saying Detroit would be a powerhouse in the NFC (not with their run game), but it did change the Lions fortunes.
Now the report is that Beckham wants a new contract and will not play until he gets one. I get his idea believe it or not especially after his horrible injury last year. If he has another one, you can pretty much say bye-bye career as nobody will even let him sniff a fraction of what he would want. With that said, Beckham will be in a bind of wanting his wish of being the highest paid player. No team in the NFL from the Super Bowl champion Eagles to the Cleveland Browns will give him that money.
IF Odell is serious about cashing in, the biggest thing he needs to do is stay low and avoid the spotlight. I understand the term “any publicity is good publicity” but when it comes to the NFL lately, it is the opposite. And with the possible leaked video of Beckham and possibly getting nailed on the NFL’s substance abuse policy, it does not look good on him. And that alone, showing the immaturity that he has, could cost him millions with the Giants-or any team wanting to take a chance.
Bottom line is, Odell Beckham, Jr. has to grow up and fast if he wants to come close to having his wish come true. The Giants have to be weighing the pros and cons of keeping Beckham this off-season and right now it doesn’t seem like for as good as the pros are for him, they outweigh the cons. And it is unfortunate, because he could be the best receiver of this generation for a very long time.
-Fan in the Obstructed Seat