Giants have started contract negotiations with Odell Beckham

The Giants started negotiations with Odell Beckham Jr. earlier this week over a new long-term deal that would likely make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, according to

Giants co-owner John Mara signaled last week that he hopes to sign Beckham but “wanted to see what he could do on the field and wanted him to pass his physical.” He is returning to the field after missing much of last season because of a fractured left ankle.

“We feel very good about where he is,” Mara said.

The three-time Pro Bowler is entering the final year of his rookie contract and could be a free agent if he doesn’t sign another deal with the Giants, though the team owns his contractual rights through 2021 if it uses a franchise tag. He is scheduled to make $8.46 million this season and said last summer that he wanted to be the highest-paid player in football.

Beckham has been a full participant in Giants training camp so far and has impressed first-year coach Pat Shurmur with his speed, agility, one-handed catches and more.

“This guy loves to play football, he trains extremely hard, he’s totally engaged in the meetings behind the scenes — the things that the world is not aware of — and he’s got a lot of passion for the game,” Shurmur said before Monday’s training camp practice.

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