Talk about some terrible luck and terrible timing. Former Penn State standout wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton suffered a knee injury that turned out to be an ACL tear, with the news coming one day after word spread that Hamilton was about to be either traded or waived by the Denver Broncos.
Hamilton, who has played three seasons for Denver, reportedly was injured while working out away from the team’s facility. That is some extremely costly misfortune, for the following reason, as reported by Pro Football Talk:
The Broncos won’t be obligated to pay Hamilton’s $2.183 million salary since he was away from the facility.
There first was news Thursday that Hamilton was about to be waived by the Broncos, who were trying to work out a trade but found no takers. Then, apparently, Denver did find a trade partner and a deal was in the works before Hamilton got injured.
To add to the frustration: Hamilton was, in fact, going to be traded and the deal was going to be finalized after rookie camp. He sustained the injury today. He’s having an MRI but they believe it’s an ACL. Another injury away from the facility. https://t.co/iOI6i7FVVU
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 14, 2021
Hamilton caught 214 passes during his Penn State career, setting the program record and surpassing the previous mark of 179 set by Deon Butler. Hamilton was drafted in the fourth round by the Broncos in 2018. He played 46 games, starting nine, and caught 81 passes for 833 yards and five touchdowns for Denver.
Timing is everything in life. And unfortunately for Hamilton, the timing of this knee injury comes at about the absolute worst possible time. And the fact that the injury occurred away from the team facility would be a costly financial blow if it means he won’t get paid.