Los Angeles Rams signed one of the most well-known talents in NFL football.
USA TODAY Sports learned that Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver for the Rams, agreed to sign a contract on Thursday. This person spoke only because they were not authorized to speak on behalf of the Rams.
Beckham, who was unclaimed by waivers on Tuesday, became an open agent. After a week where Beckham’s father uploaded a video, highlighting how Baker Mayfield didn’t target his son while he was openly chatting with him, the Cleveland Browns have officially ended their relationship.
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, a friend of Beckham’s, wrote “OBJ will show again why he’s special. Last week, WR1 tweeted #FreeOBJ He expressed excitement about Beckham’s arrival in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Beckham joins the list of marquee names that Sean McVay, general manager Les Snead and coach Sean McVay have nabbed in recent years. The Rams acquired Von Miller, a former Pro Bowl linebacker and eight-time Pro Bowl recipient from the Denver Broncos. Los Angeles also arranged for cornerback Jalen Ramsey and quarterback Matthew Stafford to be traded. Beckham subsequently approved the moves.
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Beckham is the No. 3 player in Los Angeles. The No. 3 offense will pass and Beckham will join Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp as receivers.
Former Browns teammate and ex-Rams safety John Johnson III – who said last week he would have welcomed Beckham back to the team – on Thursday questioned how Beckham would fit with his new offense.
Johnson stated that Johnson felt the team had an offense going. Cooper Kupp’s offense is well-known to me because I was in LA. Cooper Kupp’s offense runs through him in all aspects: pass and run. Odell, a well-known name, will be looking for that attention. It’ll also make it interesting.
Coach McVay is a master at this. It’s clear that he will find a way. However, right away, I am like “I wouldn’t want to go there” if I was him.”
As part of a settlement the Browns and Beckham finalized Saturday before officially releasing him Monday, they will pay him $4.25 million in addition to what he’ll make from the Rams. Beckham passing through waivers unclaimed Tuesday saved the Browns $3 million.
In 29 games with the Browns, Beckham totaled 114 catches for 1,586 yards and seven touchdowns. He also recorded eight carries for 96 yards and a touchdown.
Beckham returned from ACL surgery on November 2020 and caught 17 passes, 232 yards, and zero scores in six games. Beckham also ran twice and gained 14 yards.
Contributing: Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal