Odell Beckham Jr.'s season is over after a nasty ankle injury against the Los Angeles Chargers earlier this year, and it couldn't have come at a worse time.
After being selected by the New York Giants with the 12th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Beckham made quite an impact on the Giants receiving squad and quickly blossomed into one of the league's biggest stars and hottest names. Beckham heads into the 2018 year after the Giants exercised the fifth year team option on his contract.
This was the season for Beckham to prove once and for all that he is worth big money come contract negotiations, but he lost out on that opportunity with his ankle injury. Now the Giants front office must be wondering if Beckham is worth the money after his season-ending injury - but Giants co-owner John Mara claims that isn't the case.
Mara claims that the Giants expect Beckham to make a full recovery and return to his former self come next year, so it shouldn't affect contract negotiations moving forward (quotes via NFL.com):
"I don't think it will have any effect because I think he's going to make a full recovery," Mara said.
"I don't necessarily think so because I think our medical people feel pretty strongly that he'll make a full recovery. Knowing him, he will work so hard to get back, he has so much pride," he said.
"I was obviously disappointed with his behavior in Philadelphia," Mara said. "I spoke to him about that, and he heard me, and unfortunately he got hurt.
"But he's maturing. I think we had all hoped that maturity would have come a little faster than it has been but I've spoken to him.
"I saw him in the hospital last week. He's in a good place I think, and I think he'll come back stronger than ever."
What are your thoughts on Mara claiming that Beckham's season-ending ankle injury shouldn't affect longterm contract negotiations with the star receiver down the road? Do you think Mara is simply trying to save face? Or do the Giants really expect Beckham to fully recover from his injury and return to top form next season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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