When the Giants traded away Odell Beckham Jr. earlier this offseason, they were left with Sterling Shepard as the teams’ main receiver going forward for Eli Manning and for whoever the teams next quarterback will be when they eventually decide like the rest of us that Eli Manning is over the hill. They have now committed to Shepard by giving him a four-year, $41 million extension, with $21.3 million guaranteed. The extension was first reported by Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network and the guaranteed money was reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
This deal is very good value in my opinion as Shepard has shown to be a pretty reliable target for the Giants over his first three season, posting 2,286 yards on 190 catches while finding the endzone 14 times.
With Beckham no longer in the fold, you’d expect those season-by-season numbers to jump with him being the go-to target for the Giants now, along with Golden Tate.
When Shepard’s contract kicks in, the Giants will be having Eli Manning’s big contract coming off the books and whether or not they decide to give him another contract has yet to be seen, but the cap hit should be much smaller if they agree to another contract.
Now the Eli Manning deal is really the only big contract the Giants will have coming off the books at the end of next season when the Shepard deal kicks in, so they still won’t be flush with cap space depending on what other maneuvering they decide to do next offseason.
Regardless of the other contracts on the Giants books though, this is a good deal to me. Shepard is capable of putting up 1,000 yard seasons in the NFL and with Beckham now being gone he should see even more targets than he was already seeing and with him only being 26-years old, this is a good move by the Giants, and it’s not a bad deal for Shepard either. He will see a very nice pay raise and assuming he stays healthy, he should be able to get another nice contract while he’s in the NFL.
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