The New York Giants kick off their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, but two of the franchise’s biggest stars, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and defensive end Olivier Vernon, arrived at the team’s East Rutherford facility on Monday, according to multiple reports.
Both Beckham and Vernon have been absent for the team’s offseason workout program but reported a day early for physicals. Beckham, 24, said last month that he would attend the team’s mandatory minicamp, and posted video on his Instagram account late Sunday night with the hashtag “#ImBack.”
New York’s 5-foot-11, 198-pound receiver has quickly become one of the best offensive weapons in the league through his first three seasons, and still has two years left on his rookie deal with the Giants picking up his fifth-year option this offseason. Beckham is scheduled to make $1.8 million in base salary this season, and many have speculated that New York’s star receiver skipped voluntary OTAs due to his current contract.
The Giants have made it clear that Beckham is in the franchise’s long-term plans, but with two years remaining on his contract, it’s unknown if a new multi-year deal would get done before the start of the 2017 season. The three-time Pro Bowl receiver has become a lightning rod for the NFL in the Big Apple with jaw-dropping plays and incredible one-handed catches.
New York’s front office surely would like to lock up Beckham on a new long-term deal but may need to find the cap space after spending big money in free agency last offseason. The Giants made defense the top priority last offseason, and their free agent acquisitions paid off greatly in 2016.
New York allowed the second fewest points in the NFL last season, and Vernon played a vital role in the franchise’s quick turnaround.
Big Blue’s 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive end recorded a career-high 63 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and eight tackles for a loss in his first season in New York.