Odell Beckham Jr., who is now linked to several teams other than the Rams, could be on his way to joining a fourth NFL team.
Odell Beckham Jr. Responds to Rams’ Offer; Are the Bills a Serious Suitor?
In response to a tweet, the eight-year veteran stated that the Rams made “the lowest of low offers” in free agency this year.
In a separate tweet, Beckham stated that the Rams “know where [he] wanted to be,” but that it may be difficult for him to return given the team’s offer.
The Rams surfaced as the early frontrunners to sign Beckham, but after signing Allen Robinson to a three-year, $46.5MM deal, those prospects appeared to dim.
However, all notable Rams decision-makers stated that the team still desired Beckham’s return.
Kevin Demoff expressed confidence in a reunion even after the Rams gave Cooper Kupp a $26.7MM per year extension.
However, Beckham is currently dissatisfied with what the Rams are willing to pay to complete that reunion.
Even though Von Miller is still driving (circling?) the Beckham-to-Buffalo wagon, the Bills may be less interested. The Athletic’s Tim Graham describes the Beckham-Bills pairing as “smoke,” implying that the team may not be a serious contender in this market.
While Graham indicates that the Bills will request, it does not appear that the AFC East favorites are the frontrunners for Beckham. The Bills lost Jamison Crowder (fractured ankle), but Isaiah McKenzie has since cleared concussion protocol.
The Bills have also seen early returns on their fifth-round pick in Khalil Shakir. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Josh Allen’s chemistry with his current crop contributes to the unlikely occurrence of a Beckham deal.
Miller also stated the Buccaneers and Saints, and a subsequent report listed the Chiefs and Packers as potential suitors.
Last year, a few of these teams were interested in Beckham, but the Rams came in late and convinced him to join what turned out to be a Super Bowl-caliber roster.
With only a few weeks until his 30th birthday, the three-time Pro Bowler looms as the top free agent available and a player who could make a difference in this season’s Super Bowl race.
Beckham negotiated his way out of Cleveland and the Giants’ five-year, $90MM contract, eager to get away from an ill-fitting Browns situation. The Rams won the high-profile midseason chase with a one-year, $1.25MM salary (plus a $3MM incentive package) for a half-season of work.
Beckham, who surpassed 100 yards in the NFC championship game and scored a touchdown in Super Bowl LVI, had his 2022 market hijacked by his latest ACL tear. Instead of being one of this year’s top free agents, the standout receiver has been rehabbing on his own while waiting for a worthwhile offer.
Beckham is expected to return in November, which would explain the increased speculation about potential landing spots. He has been cleared for noncontact work eight months after his injury, which was his second ACL tear in 15 months.
However, The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue adds that a return to game action in December may be more realistic.
Robinson’s struggles (12 receptions, 107 yards) may prompt the Rams to up their offer. The interest of other teams will naturally influence how Los Angeles plays this.
Sean McVay has stated repeatedly that he wants OBJ back, and his offense has a greater need at receiver than it did when he was courted last year.
According to Rodrigue, Beckham’s interest remains, and a multiyear deal with incentives and team flexibility is likely.
Would Beckham be prepared to sign such an agreement now rather than attempting to show health and parlay that form into a free agency deal in 2023?
About Odell Beckham Jr.
|Born:||November 5, 1992|
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||198 lb (90 kg)|
|High school:||Isidore Newman School|
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12|