Odell Beckham Jr. was absent Wednesday for a second straight day from Giants voluntary OTA practices, according to a source.
Beckham wants a new long-term contract extension entering the fifth and final year of his current rookie deal. And though Beckham attended many optional April workouts — including a voluntary April pre-draft minicamp — and the Giants’ first three voluntary OTA practices last week, he now has skipped both Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s sessions with the team (the fourth and fifth of 10 practices scheduled through June 7).
The last time Beckham missed an OTA practice, he skipped all 10 of last year’s voluntary OTA practices to stress to the organization that he wanted negotiations on that contract to begin. And yet negotiations have proceeded slowly — or at many points, not at all — on the Giants’ timeline and not Beckham’s.
Head coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday at the podium that he has remained in contact with Beckham and expressed no concern over the receiver’s absence or the potential distraction that the lack of a new contract could create.
“We will cross that bridge when we get there,” the coach said.
But Beckham’s absence indicates the Giants may already have reached that bridge.
For while Shurmur stressed Beckham “isn’t quite finished with his rehab yet” from last season’s broken left ankle, Beckham has looked remarkably healthy and strong during the individual portions of previous OTA practices.