The New York Giants have reportedly agreed to a four-year/$41 million contract extension with wide receiver Sterling Shepard. The deal comes just weeks after the team traded away star wideout Odell Beckham. The Giants have been looking for a replacement for Beckham, but it appears as if they have settled by retailing Shepard.
At just over $41 million set to be paid to Shepard over four seasons, his new average annual salary of $10.5 million is more than eight times his previous salary, which was set to be $1.2 million next season.
The move comes with pros and cons for the Giants. On one hand, the extension is good business, as it secures a decent receiver, giving coach Pat Shurmur an experienced and settled weapon in his offense. Another plus side of extending Shepard’s contract is that the Giants will know what they are getting. The wideout has played for the Giants for his entire career
There are a few negatives with this deal, such as the fact that the Giants have yet to replace Odell Beckham. Sure, New York brought in Golden Tate, but he has typically been more dangerous in the slot. Shepard also has flourished in the slot position, creating an interesting depth chart overload in that position. Expect these two to spend at least a little time out wide instead of in the slot, unless the Giants are able to draft or trade for a bigger, physical receiver.
Considering the large contract that was offered to Shepard, it is safe to say that the Giants will be expecting the wideout to be able to make up for some of the offensive production lost by Odell. Shepard has 190 catches for 2,286 yards and 14 touchdowns in his three year career, and will be gunning for his first 1,000+ plus season in 2019.