Odell Beckham Jr. has a broken ankle that will require surgery this week to repair. The New York Giants placed him on injured reserve, and the injury will end his 2017 season.
For the 0-5 Giants, that doesn’t bode well for the remainder of the season, not for an offense that was already struggling even when it had its most dynamic weapon. But the question now is how the injury will affect Beckham’s future in the NFL and his future with the team that drafted him in the first round in 2014.
In the offseason, the Giants picked up the fifth-year option for Beckham keeping him under contract for the 2018 season. But he’s scheduled to become a free agent in 2019. It was already a difficult contract to get a handle on, and now it’s even more complicated by the injury suffered Sunday.
He’s fast, he runs clean routes, and he makes ridiculous catches on a weekly basis.
Beckham is one of the NFL’s best wide receivers and deserves to be paid like one. Currently, the highest paid receivers are Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who received a five-year, $72.71 million deal in February, and DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans. who signed a six-year, $88.9 million contract before the season.
Bennett began sitting for the anthem at the start of the preseason and did so through Seattle’s first two regular-season games. The Seahawks and Tennessee Titans remained in the locker room during the anthem before their game in Week 3, which came two days after President Donald Trump made critical comments about NFL players who protest during the national anthem.