It is becoming hopeful the New York Giants and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will have a long-term deal worked out before the start of the regular season.

ESPN reports the Giants and Beckham have made progress on what could be a record-setting deal for a wide receiver. There is optimism on both sides that it could be finalized before the Giants’ regular season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 9.

Beckham has made no secret of his desire for a long-term extension. Ten of the 12 receivers taken in the first two rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft have received new contracts within the last year. Beckham is a three-time Pro Bowl receiver who hasn’t yet reached his prime (at age 25), and is one of the NFL’s most popular players.

Beckham said at one time he wanted to be the highest-paid player in the National Football League. Perhaps realizing that would be impossible, he later amended his statement to wanting to be the NFL’s highest paid receiver. Currently, that distinction belongs to the Pittsburgh SteelersAntonio Brown. Brown will make $17 million per season under his current deal.

The Giants’ new regime wanted to see if Beckham recovered from a broken ankle. They also wanted to see how receptive Beckham was to the new regime itself. Before April’s NFL Draft, there were rumors the Giants were willing to trade Beckham. Despite this, Beckham has done everything the team has asked of him.

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Beckham has forged a positive relationship with head coach Pat Shurmur. He has showed no signs of the broken ankle that ended his 2017 season after just four games. He practiced at full speed in live drills and participated in last week’s joint practice sessions with the Detroit Lions. He also gets in extra reps with quarterback Eli Manning after practice.

Beckham hasn’t played in either of the Giants’ two preseason games. He promised not to allow his contract situation to become a distraction, leaving the negotiations to agent Zeke Sandhu.

“I definitely think it’s going to work itself out,” he said last week. “When is it going to happen? You don’t know. That is the business side that is new to me in a sense. This is the first time I’ve ever had to deal with this or go through any of this. I believe it will work itself out. It’s a matter of time. Just like everything in life, it’s timing.”

– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL, the New York Giants, and the NBA. Please like and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.

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