Report: Giants close on extension with WR Shepard

The New York Giants are finalizing a four-year, $41 million contract extension with wide receiver Sterling Shepard on Wednesday, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.The deal included $21.3 million in guaranteed money, ESPN’s Adam Schefter later reported.Shepard, a second-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2016, set career highs last season with 66 catches for 872 yards. He has started 42 of his 43 games with the Giants, catching 190 passes for 2,286 yards and 14 touchdowns.Shepard should be in line for a bigger role in the New York offense following the offseason trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.Shepard is the first player from the 2016 draft class to receive a contract extension, according to Field Yates of ESPN.