Los Angeles Rams have agreed to sign wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was released by the Cleveland Browns last week. This marks the 29-year-old’s eighth season playing in the NFL, which has seen him post over 1,000 receiving yards in five of them.
The move to Hollywood emerged from Beckham’s ongoing struggle to find chemistry Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Only seeing 5.7 targets per game, OBJ’s frustrations about playing for Cleveland became widely known around the league. Many started posting tweets under #FreeOBJ, including the likes of LeBron James, who is a massive supporter of the Browns.
Beckham made it clear that he was looking for three things: a good coach, a good quarterback and a team that could compete this season. OBJ will now contribute to the offensive firepower of the Rams, with a receiver corps of Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee, and Van Jefferson, as he looks to form passing chemistry with Matthew Stafford.
The Rams joined the free-agent bidding for Beckham this past Wednesday once he cleared waivers after being released by the Browns. Per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Rams and Odell Beckham Jr. have agreed to an incentive-laden one-year deal worth up to US$4.25 million (AU$5.7 million).
Beckham would have been due US$7.25 million (AU$9.9 million) had he been claimed off waivers, so the Rams are still getting him for good value. This contract will allow him to hit the free-agent market in the 2022 offseason and potentially earn a bigger contract after proving his worth on the Rams.
According to OverTheCap.com, Beckham has made a total of $75,365,198 (AU$102,620,042) during his eight-year career. That includes more than US$51.3 million (AU$69.8 million) that was guaranteed to him when signing his rookie contract, then the subsequent contract extension with the Giants.
Beckham signed a five-year, US$90 million (AU$122.6 million) extension with the Giants in 2018. While that deal was originally supposed to have up to US$65 million (AU$88.5 million) in year-to-year guarantees, Beckham and the Browns have since renegotiated these terms as part of his release. The balance on his 2021 contract ended up being around US$7.25 million (AU$9.9 million) and the final two years of the contract were voided.
Odell Beckham Jr graciously thanked the fans of Cleveland for their support over his time there, but there is no doubt that he is itching to get out there and play for Los Angeles in his debut against the 49ers today.