What torn ACL, injury status could mean for Rams WR in free agency

Odell Beckham Jr. gained his first Tremendous Bowl with the Rams. Nonetheless, it got here at a value.

Throughout the Rams’ 23-20 win over the Bengals, Beckham suffered a non-contact knee damage. He needed to be helped off the sector late within the first half and was formally dominated out for the sport after halftime.

NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport studies that the idea is that Beckham has suffered a torn ACL in his left yr. It’s going to mark the second time within the final three seasons that he must recuperate from a left ACL damage, and he could have to take action at an inopportune time.

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Beckham is slated to hit free company in 2022. After his resurgent stint with the Rams, he was anticipated to attract curiosity on the open market. Now, issues are a bit much less clear due to his damage standing.

Beckham ought to have an opportunity to land one other NFL contract — if he needs one. In spite of everything, he simply posted seven touchdowns in 11 video games (10 begins) with the Rams.

However how a lot will Beckham’s subsequent contract be value? If current historical past is any indication, he must settle for an inexpensive, prove-it deal.

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How Odell Beckham Jr.’s damage impacts his contract

Beckham’s torn ACL could not have at a worse time for him. He’s going through what’s going to doubtless be a six-to-nine-month restoration from his damage, so in a best-case state of affairs, he could also be able to play in Week 1.

However in a worst-case state of affairs? He might not be wholesome till mid-November on the earliest. That would show problematic for him, particularly when contemplating how reluctant groups have been to pay receivers coming off ACL tears lately.

Since 2013, a handful of notable wide-outs have handled ACL tears forward of free company. Seven of the eight gamers have both not been signed to a different NFL contract or have agreed to only a one-year deal. The lone participant to earn a multi-year contract was Allen Robinson.

Yr Participant Staff Age injured Subsequent Contract
2013 Jeremy Maclin Eagles 25 One yr, $5.25 million
2013 Danario Alexander Chargers 27 None
2013 Sidney Rice Seahawks 27 One yr, $1.4 million
2016 Vincent Jackson Buccaneers 33 None
2016 Jaron Brown Cardinals 26 One yr, $1.91 million
2017 Allen Robinson Jaguars 24 Three years, $42 million
2017 Eli Rogers Steelers 25 One yr, $630K
2019 Corey Coleman Giants 25 One yr, $2.03 million

These eight accidents do not make up all of the broad receiver ACL tears suffered since 2013, however these gamers have been all both starters or key slot receivers for his or her groups. As such, these offers supply  instance of what Beckham can count on. Even gamers nonetheless seen as strong, younger starters — like Maclin — have been unable to earn greater than a one-year deal, as groups did not wish to danger signing an injured participant long-term.

Why was Robinson the one exception? He suffered his torn ACL in Week 1, which gave him a full calendar yr to recuperate from his damage earlier than suiting up with the Bears. Plus, he was extraordinarily younger at 24 and already had a 1,400-yard, 14-touchdown season underneath his belt.

At 29, Beckham is extremely unlikely to get the identical advantage of the doubt as Robinson, particularly since Beckham has already torn the ACL in his left knee earlier than. That can additional complicate the method of discovering a brand new house for him, as groups could also be reluctant to belief him in 2022 if they’re involved that he may not play in the course of the season.

Suffice to say, Beckham’s value on the open market will definitely take successful, particularly when taking a look at what he was projected to make earlier than he hits free company.

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Odell Beckham Jr.’s contract worth projection

In accordance with Spotrac.com, Beckham’s market worth is within the vary of $13.2 million yearly. They used the contracts of Keenan Allen, Kenny Golladay, Tyler Lockett and Robert Woods to reach on the conclusion that he ought to earn a two-year deal value as much as $26.4 million complete.

That mentioned, Spotrac’s projection got here earlier than Beckham suffered the ACL tear. That damage may maintain him out for the beginning of the 2022 NFL season, provided that he could have simply seven months to recuperate totally from it.

As such, it appears extra doubtless {that a} contending group will take a short-term flier on him and hope that he will be wholesome sufficient to supply late within the season on a one-year deal. Maybe a extra daring group would signal Beckham for 2 years, however typically talking, NFL groups choose signing gamers for one when they’re coming off a severe damage.

So, what’s going to Beckham’s subsequent contract be value? It is onerous to say, however an incentive-laden deal that would method the price of Maclin’s one-year deal would make sense. Beckham might make a bit lower than that since he is 4 years older than Maclin, so one thing within the vary of $3-4 million, together with incentives, over one yr would make sense.

That could be one thing through which the Rams have an interest. Beckham would have ample time to recuperate for the stretch run earlier than becoming a member of Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Van Jefferson to type a formidable receiving corps. That would assist Los Angeles in its quest to repeat as Tremendous Bowl champions.


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