Prior to the start of NFL training camp, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. contemplated holding out for a new contract like LeVeon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers did, but decided against it and showed up at training camp.
At the time, Beckham said he decided not to hold out because as a running back, Bell has a lower career expectancy, so it made sense for him to hold out.
Beckham was planning on playing out the season and cashing in on a big payday, but his plans got derailed when he left the Giants game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday with a fractured ankle that will force him to miss the rest of the season. With Beckham lost for the season, NFL betting odds for the games the Giants play the rest of the season will likely favor their opponents.
Giants’ fans were initially hoping the injury won’t keep Beckham out for too long, and he would be able to return to the team before the end of the season. Even if that was the case, the Giants are 0-5 and are likely going to miss the playoffs, which means Beckham wouldn’t have an incentive to rush back.
Beckham’s injury not only cost him the season, it likely also cost him the big payday he was expecting. If Beckham had finished the season with big numbers similar to what he has done in his first three seasons, the Giants would have been forced to work out a deal with him before he hits free agency.
Now, the team will likely take a wait and see approach before giving him a new deal. Two years ago, Giants defensive lineman Jason Paul Pierre was due for a big payday, but he injured himself in a fireworks accident that mangled his fingers.
Instead of rewarding Pierre for the work he did for the Giants, they decided to offer him a one-year deal to see if he would still be the same disruptive force he was before the injury. After proving he was still a force to be reckoned with, the Giants rewarded Pierre with a four-year deal worth $62 million. If Pierre hadn’t injured his hand, he likely would have gotten more from the team.
In Beckham’s case, he is expected to fully heal from the injury, but as a player who relies on his speed and quickness, he might lose a step or two, which will affect how much he receives from the team. As in the case with Pierre, the Giants will likely wait to give Beckham and extension.
If he proves he is still the same player he was before the injury, New York might offer him a new deal, and if the deal isn’t as high as Beckham would like, they will likely use their franchise tag on him. If they still cannot come to an agreement on a new deal, they might use the franchise tag on him for a second straight year like the Redskins did with Kirk Cousins.