The Facts: There seems to be no doubt at all that the Giants will exercise their "fifth-year option" on Beckham's rookie contract before the May 3 deadline. It's a no-brainer decision for an all-pro receiver who's on a Hall of Fame pace through his first three NFL seasons and is still only 24 years old. Still, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano notes, for whatever reason, Giants GM Jerry Reese wouldn't commit to that fifth-year option just yet (and neither would co-owner John Mara at the NFL owners meetings last month).
Diehards Line:There's no indication at all that the Giants won't pick up the option, but Reese left the possibility open nonetheless. "We are going to discuss that when the time gets closer," Reese said Thursday afternoon. ... Vacchiano went on to explain, the options are pretty simple. With Beckham about to enter the final year of his rookie contract, the 2014 first-round pick can be retained by the Giants if they exercise the option, which guarantees him a 2018 salary that equals the average of the third-through-25th highest paid players at his position. That probably would be around $8 million. If the Giants don't exercise the option, Beckham becomes an unrestricted free agent next March. And yes. That $8 million seems like a small price to pay for the Giants' best -- and most popular -- player who may not be in his prime yet, and who has averaged 96 catches, 1,374 yards and 12 touchdowns per season through his first three years.