Rutgers struggled in the upper weights last year but should be stronger this coming season. Nick Gravina returns for a sixth season at 184 pounds and Matt Correnti is expected to be the 197-pounder after a redshirt season, but Wright could factor into the mix as a backup at either or both spots. The Scarlet Knights are also bringing in Delsea High state champion Billy Janzer and return Willie Scott.
Beckham wants to be the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, eclipsing Antonio Brown’s $17 million per year salary. He is set to make $8.45 million on a fifth-year team option in 2018.
If the Giants try to delay the issue until seeing Beckham run at full strength again or try to take negotiations through the season with the threat of a franchise tag in 2019 it could ruin the mutual respect rapport Shurmur and Beckham seem to have built.
Wright finished third in the state in 2017 at 195 pounds as a senior. Wright lost to the eventual state champion in the tournament after defeating him during the regular season and had a high school career record of 153-35 with 94 pins.
Kendricks most likely fits in the middle, with the ability to play Mike and move to his more natural position of Sam, where Collins will line up. Kendricks stands to make an instant impact at either position, bringing pass-coverage ability in addition to his skills against the run, and also is a quality depth addition in the event Collins misses time due to injury as he did in 2017.
At 27 years old, Kendricks is square in the middle of his prime, with enough value for the Eagles to flatly deny his request to be traded last summer. He’s appeared in 12 or more games in each season of his six-year career, recording 459 tackles, 14 sacks, 26 passes defensed and three interceptions over that span. He’s also forced six fumbles and was one piece of a menacing front seven that helped Philadelphia to a title.