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The Baltimore Ravens recently made a big splash in free agency by signing veteran receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to a one-year $15 million deal. If Odell hits all of his incentives, the contract can rise to $18 million.
It was clear this move was made to try to get back in good graces with Lamar Jackson after he requested a trade request from the team. However, the question is raised of if bringing Beckham Jr. will be enough to keep him interested in playing for the team.
While in his peak Odell was one of the best receivers in the league, that time has come and gone. He greatly struggled during his time with the Cleveland Browns, however, a lot of that blame can be placed on the shoulders of Baker Mayfield.
During his time with the Los Angeles Rams, Beckham Jr. played very well and was a very valuable asset to the team. However, he suffered an ACL tear in the Super Bowl that would keep him sidelined through the entire 2022 season. This is not the first time he has missed a substantial amount of time due to injury, and if he does go down in 2023, Nelson Agalor will be the next man up as Baltimore’s number-one wide receiver.
It can be argued that Beckham Jr. would not have signed with the Ravens if he was not confident that Jackson would return to the team. He is a veteran receiver who may not have many years left in the league. As a result of this, he is looking to play for a team that he can contend for a Super Bowl. However, it could also be argued that no other team was going to offer him the money that Baltimore did and he made the best financial decision on what could possibly be his final contract in the NFL.
Jackson and Beckham Jr. were seen out partying together and it is clear that he is happy to have him on the team. Despite this, Odell alone will not be enough to keep him on the team if he is still not offered a contract he feels he has earned. With the Ravens potentially overpaying to add the veteran receiver to the team, it may be a sign that they are prepared to open their pocketbooks to keep Jackson happy.
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