Former Giants QB Phil Simms badly wants the Giants to re-sign Odell Beckham -- and he wants them to "get it over with."
Simms, who was named MVP of Super Bowl XXI after completing 22 of 25 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns, said Beckham is among the best offensive weapons in the NFL.
"Antonio Brown is great, but he's a different type of player. So is Julio Jones," Simms told the New York Post. "I just look at Odell Beckham Jr. and, man, I don't know what to say."
Beckham is coming off an ankle injury that sidelined him for the majority of last season, and Simms knows there is risk there -- but he believes Beckham's worth far outweighs any potential downside.
"You want to win, you got to gamble," he said. "Nobody knows him better than they do. I've never heard a teammate or run into any of his teammates who ever tell me anything bad about him. He makes the Giants really relevant. He's one of the big names in the NFL. Old-timers and writers look at his antics and this and all that. We had a guy who had some antics, too. We put up with him, and it worked out pretty well."
Simms is not alone among former Giants who hope to see the team reward Beckham with a new contract. WR Plaxico Burress said the Giants should complete a deal now so they can move on to bigger and better things, and Simms agrees.
"You need zero distractions,'' Simms said. "You want him on your team, you know what he is and you know you're all-in this year. All right, so go all-in. You got to go all-in and that means you got to get Odell Beckham Jr. signed and not make it a big part of the whole offseason story on every TV show I have to watch. So get it over with.''
Beckham caught 25 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns in four games last season before suffering the injury.