Jordan RaananDan Graziano of ESPN are reporting that the recent ankle injury suffered by Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr could potentially keep him out of the team’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
One source tells ESPN that it’s “not out of the question he could miss a week or two of the regular season.”
Beckham suffered a sprained his ankle during Monday night’s game against the Browns, but an X-ray after the game came back negative. On Tuesday, Beckham underwent an MRI that confirmed he has an ankle sprain.
A separate source said that Beckham felt “very sore” on Tuesday, according to the report.
The expectation is that Beckham will miss the final two preseason games with this injury.
Earlier in the day, a report from Charles Robinson mentioned that Beckham is expected to consider taking out a massive insurance policy that could pay out over $100 million if he’s injured.
This is assuming that Beckham and the Giants aren’t able to reach an agreement on a long-term extension before the start of the 2017 season.
“[If a deal isn’t done] by the regular season, he’ll take steps to protect himself. [But] a new deal is preferable to adding insurance,” a source tells Robinson.
According to Robinson, a policy of this magnitude would likely run Beckham over $600,000, depending on the specifics regarding the coverage for this policy.
Beckham is clearly in line for a massive contract extension at some point in the next year or so, as he’s already one of, in not, the best receivers in the NFL. However, it sounds like this is going to be an extremely difficult negotiation for New York.
The Giants have him under contract through the 2018 season and could always franchise in 2019 if needed.
Beckham, 24, was taken with the No. 12 overall pick by the Giants back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $10,406,198 contract and stands to make a base salary of $1,839,02 for the 2017 season.
The fifth-year option will run the Giants $8,459,000, but is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.
In 2016, Beckham appeared in all 16 games for the Giants and caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 12 receiver out of 115 qualifying players.