Former Patriot Gives Advice To Free Agent Wideout Odell Beckham Jr.

OBJ has a concerning injury history

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October 13, 2022

It looks like Odell Beckham Jr. has options. Even if you take the Los Angeles Rams off the table, it appears the star wideout can choose from a number of legitimate playoff contenders for his next landing spot.

Rob Ninkovich, however, believes OBJ should turn them all down.

Ninkovich on Thursday was a part of the “Get Up” panel that debated the best fit for Beckham, who currently is unsigned. While the former New England Patriots linebacker believes a reunion with the New York Giants would make sense for Beckham, Ninkovich thinks the best route for the three-time Pro Bowl selection is sitting out the entire 2022 season.

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“I personally think that it would probably be in his best interest to not play this season considering his ACL injury,” Ninkovich said on ESPN. “I’ve had one, I know how it feels. He’s had two on the same knee. I can’t think of another receiver that’s had two-plus ACL injuries and ever come back. If I was him or if I was in his camp, I would say, ‘Listen, these offers aren’t what you really want to play for, so why don’t we get back to 100%, have a full year underneath your belt in recovery and then we’ll see where we can be.'”

If Beckham was a player who still was cutting his teeth in the NFL, Ninkovich’s suggestion probably would be a no-brainer. But the 2023 campaign will mark Beckham’s age-30 season, and we all know how NFL execs and scouts feel about skill-position players once their 20s are behind them. The ninth-year pro might feel he can’t waste the opportunity of playing a few months and potentially deep into the playoffs this season.

The charismatic playmaker reportedly will be ready to make his return to game action in mid-November.

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