Former Giants S Antrel Rolle thinks WR Odell Beckham Jr. deserves the contract he's asking for, and more.
Rolle only played with Beckham during the wideout's rookie season in 2014, but in that time and watching over the years, he sees his superstar potential. He is worth every penny in his eyes.
"Whatever he's asking, I'll give him $10 million more," Rolle told The Post's Paul Schwartz.
Despite the drama that may surround the receiver, Rolle doesn't care about it when deciding whether or not to pay Beckham. What he does on the field when the ball is thrown to him is the only thought in his mind.
"I would love to have this guy on my team 100 out of 100 times because I know what he's gonna give me between those white lines," Rolle said. "All those other things, all those extra antics, can you do without some of them? Yes, but you got to understand with Odell, he's a very passionate guy, he wants to win and he wears his emotions on his sleeve. That doesn't mean he doesn't have to go through the same growth and maturity as everyone else. He does. And he understands that. But he's also been in a spotlight that not many of us have ever been in or will ever be in. That's a lot to ask of a 23, 24-year-old man to deal with."
Beckham has noted his desire to be the highest-paid player, let alone the highest-paid receiver in the NFL one day. That may be a pipe dream, but surpassing Antonio Brown's $17 million annual salary per season is definitely plausible.
Beckham is reportedly seeking a contract worth $20 million per season, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
"When you look at the measurable and what he's done in this league, for the short amount of time he's been here, he deserves every penny," Rolle said. "When you look at a guy and ask him to produce, he produces 10 out of 10 times. There's nothing that the guy can't do and there's nothing that he hasn't done to try to better himself and better the team."
What about all the drama on and off the field?
"All those other things are extra and I could really care less about them. Does the guy ever get in trouble off the field? Absolutely not," Rolle continued. "He's not a troubled kid. He's a great kid. It's all about maturity and growth and I think he's on that path right now. When you're talking about his play between those white lines, there's no one better. You give him exactly what he deserves because you know what? He's going to play that much better for you. That's the guy you need to build your franchise around."
The Giants may also want to see Beckham show them his ankle is 100 percent healed before making him one of the highest paid players in the league. He played in just four games last season after an ankle injury in Week 5 needed to be surgically repaired.
For now, Beckham will have to settle with the $8.4 million he will make this season after the Giants took his fifth-year option.