Giants training camp starts in two days, and WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be showing up on time, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.
"He wants to play football, he wants to win," a source close to Beckham told Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network
Beckham had told Vacchiano in June that he planned to report to camp.
With Beckham's contract situation still not figured out, there was always the possibility he decided to hold out of camp like other NFL stars (Aaron Donald, Le'Veon Bell). There has been no indication that contract talks have gotten serious.
But Beckham hinted on Sunday that he will be present when training camp kicks off. He posted to his Instagram account, saying thank you to Los Angeles for hosting him during the offseason.
As of now, Beckham will be playing out the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, which is worth $8.459 million this season. That could change if contract negotiations between both sides reach a deal before the season kicks off.
Other than the contract, there is also the question of whether Beckham will participate in team drills, including full-contact drills. He looks to be 100 percent on his surgically-repaired left ankle, but he was held out of team activity during the offseason so far.
When Beckham's time with the Giants seemed to bottom out during the offseason, right about the time they flirted with the idea of trading him, what the Giants were really looking for was a sign. They wanted to make sure he was committed to their program, that he would be nothing but a good team player.
Since then, Beckham has done everything the Giants could have possibly wanted him to do.
At a time when he could've been angry over the Giants' public words and the fact that every other receiver in the NFL seemed to be getting a big contract, Beckham stayed quiet and simply went to work. Rather than throw a fit or start a holdout, he participated in some of the offseason program, stayed in constant contact with Pat Shurmur when he wasn't there, and was even a partial participant in the full-team minicamp in June.
He also stayed controversy free - at least since that video surfaced early in the offseason of him in bed with a woman, a pepperoni pizza, and what looked like drugs. And he never said a word publicly about the Giants' refusal to give him a long-term contract or to even say publicly he'd be on their team in 2018.
He has been the very definition of a "good soldier," which is exactly what the Giants hoped he would be.
The news that he will report to training camp on time on Wednesday was really the last missing piece. It doesn't guarantee that Beckham will soon get a lucrative, new contract, but it's an important step in the right direction. He's proven to the Giants what he needed to prove about his behavior and commitment.
Now he can focus on becoming the player he was before his ankle injury last season. If he is, the big-money he wants - and deserves - will surely come.