New York Giants superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. wants a new contract (again).
He enters 2018 set to play on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal. Beckham missed 12 games last season mostly because of a fractured left ankle, is scheduled to make $8.5 million this year, which is well below market value for a player who is generally considered among the top receivers in the NFL.
"It's that time just to get it over with," Beckham told NJ Advance Media on Saturday night prior to the NFL Honors awards show. "I really want to do it so I can move past it. It's too much sitting around thinking, 'Where am I going to be at?' I need to know where I can start buying furniture for a house. I want to have a place set where I know, 'OK, this is home. I can always go back to home.'
"So it's just a little intermediate process right now. I'm sure it will get worked out."
Per ESPN, a new regime is in charge of the process. The Giants recently hired general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur. Both have reached out to Beckham in recent weeks to connect with the star receiver.
Beckham said his conversation with Gettleman was "great" and called him a straight shooter. When asked specifically about Beckham at his introductory news conference, Gettleman said he learned from former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi that you don't give up on talent.
Shurmur came away from their conversation thinking Beckham was "inspired to get ready to have a really good year." Beckham felt they were on common ground.
"I think we have an understanding of what we want to do," Beckham said on Saturday night in Minnesota. "Just to talk to him and being with a guy who just loves football, I watched what he did in Minnesota and it was exciting, so I'm definitely looking forward to that."
Beckham had 25 catches for 302 yards and three touchdowns last year. He had at least 90 catches, 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons, being named to the Pro Bowl each year.