Will the Giants Offer a Contract to Justin Pugh after His Recovery from Knee Injury?
One horrible injury to the player and whole scene changes both on and off the field! It is the same exact thing what has happened to American football offensive guard for the New York Giants, Justin Pugh. So the big question arises, will the Giants renew Pugh’s contract even after his latest injury?
Giants picked up the fifth-year choice on the contract of Justin Pugh in April of 2016, their 2013 first-round draft choice, as well as the stalwart for the team on their offensive line's future, looms. Pugh was the 19th pick by the Giants in the 2013 NFL Draft.
In his first three seasons with Giants, Pugh has started in all 44 games where he played 31 at right tackle (including 16 as a rookie player), one at left tackle and 12 at left guard.
In 2015 season, Pugh started all 14 games, including 12 at left guard and one apiece at each tackle spot, left and right.
The New York Giants’ starting left guard Pugh missed the past four games in 2016 due to a knee injury, a sprained MCL that has kept him off the field since Nov. 6, 2016. Pugh went down injured in the second quarter of November’s 28-23 victory over the Eagles with a sprained right knee. Pugh, according to a source, was injured with a sprained MCL. While asked how he was doing, Pugh replied:
“I’m preparing as if I’m playing this week.Until I’m told differently, I’m preparing as if I’m playing.’’
Moreover, he added:
“It’s feeling good. I’m gonna push it more in practice this week because last week I didn’t get any team reps. See how it feels, feels good, be rocking and rolling on Sunday.’’
Justin Pugh, the New York Giants 2013 first-round draft pick, is currently set to earn salary worth $8.821 million in 2017 and is playing under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. If Pugh and the Giants are unable to work out a long-term deal, Pugh could be a free agent following next season in 2018.
Pugh, now playing as a left guard after beginning his career at right tackle, was the New York Giants’ best lineman in 2016 before missing five games with a knee injury in November. He has started in 55 regular-season games with the Giants in four seasons.
Earlier in 2016, he said that he didn't like eagles and considered Giants as a part of his family. He said:
"I tell them that if you get drafted by a New York team or a Washington team or a Dallas team, you're going to go play for that team. And thank God I got drafted here. This is the best organization. I'm family now. I'm part of New York City, and I love it up here."
Contract Extensions are a two-way street, and there’s a lot more that goes into it in coming seasons. Expecting things to turn out good for both the parties until the end of the season is the smart move for both sides here.
Now, all we can do is hope for the best for both Pugh and the New York Giants!