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There is “considerable doubt” about the health of Odell Beckham Jr. as he prepares for his NFL return.
Ralph Vacchiano of Fox Sports reported that there is some concern about whether Beckham will be a major factor this season as it is already December and he has yet to record a single shot since tearing his ACL in Super Bowl LVI.
The injury was Beckham’s second ACL tear in the same knee in as many seasons. Considering he’s now approaching 10 months post-injury, it would be a surprise if Beckham bears any resemblance to his former All-Pro self.
Under the most optimistic of circumstances, Beckham will have a chance to play just five regular season games before the playoffs begin. That would mean signing early next week and then taking the field later – a highly unlikely scenario. It is possible that Beckham will end up playing no more than one or two regular season games, further complicating contract talks with teams.
Vacchiano’s report indicated that Beckham is seeking $20 million a year. That’s not happening. There’s no circumstance where Beckham signs a deal for anything that resembles that number; he would be arguably lucky to get half that figure.
Beckham has not made a Pro Bowl since the 2016 season and has only completed two seasons in the 1,000 meters in the past five years. Even before the injury troubles, there were legitimate questions about whether Beckham was the same type of dynamic star who hit the scene with Hall of Fame-caliber numbers.
While there has been no lack of interest in Beckham since he was cleared for a return, teams will understandably be cautious in negotiations. A one-year contract doesn’t do much for teams given the uncertainty surrounding Beckham’s health, so expect a two-year contract on team-friendly terms that will allow the 30-year-old to really show off in 2023.