Why the Giants made a mistake in giving Odell Beckham all that money.
Without debate, Beckham is one of the better receivers in the NFL at the moment. But what is seen as a well-deserved, big-money contract extension carries risk that will make the New York Giants pay a price.
Let's talk about that fresh injury Beckham is coming off of. This was an injury that mostly saw Beckham sit out for the entire 2017-18 season. When Beckham was ruled out for the season, the Giants offense looked like a laughing stock in many facets of their game. Many reports had pointed out a lack of production from their offensive line, running back positions, and wide receivers. But most notably, fingers were being pointed at Eli Manning.
Manning looked like a pee-wee quarterback that was desperate in making an effort to remain as the Giants' starting quarterback during the 2017-2018 season. So the Giants offense made sure to take note of this during the 2018 draft, correct? They probably had second thoughts in drafting a Quarterback at number 2 on draft night due to noticeable lack in production from Eli over the years, right?
Sad to say, those second thoughts on Eli weren't enough for this Giants to draft a Quarterback at number 2. They ended up drafting a running back in Saquon Barkley as their 2nd pick in the 1st round, which actually isn’t that bad of a pick overall. As of now, this Giants offense is actually leveled with talent at the running back and receiver position. If Beckham is playing at his best, and Barkley has an incredible rookie season -- this offense is dangerous.
But on the other note -- did the Giants really need this pick in drafting Saquon Barkley? Why not choose a Quarterback at number 2 who could potentially bring this Giants offense to a level that Eli has failed to do since he brought this team to a Superbowl?
The Giants were supposed to draft a Quarterback at number 2, while investing in a small portion in whonever was selected Quarterback at number 2 -- and still pay Beckham a good amount for his extension.
The Giants chances in searching for a Quarterback who could potentially be Eli's successor has slimmed. This team is still relying on Eli Manning as their starting quarterback. This team doesn’t even hav a reliable back-up for Eli. On top of this, the Giants have to deal with a poor offensive line that fails to do their job in protecting core pieces behind the line of scrimmage.
But now, this team can only hope to spend money on a veteran quarterback, or even get lucky in landing an average rookie at quarterback.
Sure, the world is going to congratulate Odell Beckham on his major contract extension, but it's only a matter of time before the Giants realize they have put their money in the wrong hands. The Giants strategy in passing on a Quarterback to draft a running back is not the answer for rebuilding this team. But we can only sit back and watch what this team goes through in the coming years.