The Dallas Cowboys reportedly declined to offer Odell Beckham Jr. an extension due to concerns over the condition of his left knee surgically repaired.
Jane Slater of NFL Network reported the Cowboys have “serious concerns” regarding the possibility that Beckham is able to participate in this season, as he works to heal from a torn ACL injury he sustained during Super Bowl LVI.
“We’re trying to figure it out,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated about Beckham on Wednesday.
The Cowboys signed Michael Gallup to a five-year extension of his contract in March, even when he was recovering from an ACL tear. However, it was the Cowboys who were at ease with his status due to the fact that his procedure was handled by team physician Dan Cooper, per Slater.
The Buffalo Bills and New York Giants are also believed to be potential candidates to sign Beckham’s contract. It’s not known if they’re experiencing the same level of anxiety in regard to Beckham’s health.
With Beckham’s ACL injury occurring just 10 months ago it’s healthy to be skeptical about his fitness for this season. The team that sign Beckham is more likely to invest in 2023 rather than this season.
The most sensible scenario is for Beckham sign a contract for two years designed so that his cap figure will be team-friendly after the season. The option of frontloading the contract will allow him to make an income stream for himself, even though expectations are not as high this season, as well as provide his new team with peace of mind in 2023 in the event that things don’t go as expected.
It’s reasonable to ask if Beckham’s worth is greater than his contribution, however. Beckham, 30, hasn’t been to the Pro Bowl since 2016 and is recovering from ACL tears during consecutive seasons. In his attempt to recover from his initial ACL tear in 2021, the player scored only 44 receptions, 537 yards , and five scores in 2021.
In his last fully-healthy campaign (2019) in which he was with a 26th position in NFL in yards he received. Even the most healthy version of Beckham will not make an impact, so the Cowboys hesitation to sign him makes sense.