The New York Giants have just locked down a key member of their offense for the foreseeable future.
According to reports, the team has reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension with wide receiver Sterling Shepard. The deal is worth $41 million, per Mike Garafolo.
Source: The #Giants are finalizing a four-year, $41 million extension with WR Sterling Shepard, source says. Their longest-tenured receiver is now their highest-paid. Strong deal for Shepard, who gets more than what most free agent WRs got this spring.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 10, 2019
Shepard, believe it or not, is the longest tenured receiver on the Giants' roster, having been drafted by the team in the second-round in 2016. He's only played three seasons with the team, yet there is no wideout on the team that's been there longer, especially after the OBJ trade.
Per Adam Schefter, the deal will see Shepard pocket $21.3 million in guaranteed money.
Giants’ deal with Sterling Shepard includes $21.3 million in guaranteed money, per source. https://t.co/tVCFVDNhvk— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 10, 2019
It's a reasonable contract based on Sterling's production early on in his career, and the Giants are hoping that he continue to develop throughout the next four seasons.
The 26-year-old had been linked with a move to the Patriots, but the Giants decided to keep him in town on a brand new contract that will see him make $10.25 million in AAV.
There was some talk the #Patriots would have interest in trading for Sterling Shepard, with @MikeReiss mentioning that in print last month. But obviously that’s not happening. The #Giants value Shepard, who would’ve been a free agent next spring.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 10, 2019
Across his first three NFL seasons, Shepard has recorded 190 receptions, 2,286 yards and 14 touchdowns, starting 42 games for the team.
The former Oklahoma standout has certainly earned his paycheck with the team, and after Odell Beckham Jr.'s departure from the organization, Shepard has the opportunity to become the team's No. 1 option in the passing attack this year.