What Odell Beckham’s broken ankle means for contract talk, and why Giants’ John Mara is in tough spot

EAST RUTHERFORD — Odell Beckham Jr.’s eventual contract extension with the Giants was never going to be simple. 

The broken ankle (and whatever else) Beckham suffered in Sunday’s 27-22 loss to the Chargers – one that almost assuredly will end his season after a likely surgical procedure – has made things even more complicated as the wide receiver pursues the richest deal at his position in NFL history (and, in his mind, even more than that). 

Here’s what we know for sure in the wake of Beckham’s devastating injury: He’s going to make about $8.5 million bucks next year, no matter what. After that is anyone’s guess. 

Beckham’s $8.459 million scheduled salary for 2018 – the Giants exercised his fifth-year option in April – is guaranteed for injury. Beckham should make a full recovery in time for next season, according to injury expert Dr. David Chao, but he has protection if he does not. 

Then he’ll be set for free agency. Or not. Or … well, let’s just break it down point by point: 

Beckham’s worst nightmare has been realized: Beckham elected not to hold out when training camp started, even though his OTAs stay-away made it crystal clear he wasn’t pleased with his well-below market value deal (Beckham will make just $1.8 million in 2017). He showed up to work instead, knowing the injury risk

Article source: http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2017/10/what_odell_beckhams_injury_means_for_contract_and.html

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