Odell Beckham Jr. Rumors: Rams Optimistic WR Will Sign New Contract After Super Bowl

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 13, 2022

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The Los Angeles Rams are looking to extend their partnership with Odell Beckham Jr. beyond the 2021 NFL season, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Mortensen reported Sunday the Rams are "very optimistic" about re-signing the three-time Pro Bowler, who caught 27 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight regular-season appearances with the team.

It's difficult to gauge what kind of market will emerge for Beckham once he hits free agency.

Aside from the touchdowns, his production in Los Angeles isn't any better than what he had done in the first half with the Cleveland Browns.

  • Beckham w/Browns: 17 receptions, 232 yards, zero touchdowns, 13.6 yards per reception, 38.7 yards per game 
  • Beckham w/Rams: 27 receptions, 305 yards, five touchdowns, 11.3 yards per reception, 38.1 yards per game

However, the 29-year-old has enjoyed more team success with the Rams than he ever did with the Browns and New York Giants. He was an integral piece of the Rams' offense in the NFC Championship Game, as he finished with nine receptions for 113 yards.

That performance might serve as evidence of the impact Beckham can make with the benefit of a full offseason as a member of the Rams.

However, that has to be balanced against his two-and-a-half underwhelming years in Cleveland, a tenure in which he also underwent core muscle surgery and suffered a torn ACL.

In L.A., Beckham has quieted the skeptics who were especially vocal after his release from the Browns. He's demonstrated he's willing to occupy a lesser role behind Cooper Kupp.

The question is whether OBJ can again be the player he was when he made three straight Pro Bowls to start his career. To that end, how high will the Rams or another team be willing to go for a receiver who might be best utilized as a No. 2 target?

Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson provided an idea in January:

"What will that mean for Beckham’s price? That’s hard to say. Thus far, assessments have been all over the place. One AFC executive said his 'Mendoza Line' will likely be north of $10 million per season. Two other league sources slotted his likely contract value between the deals landed last offseason by Nelson Agholor ($11 million per season) and Corey Davis ($12.5 million)."

Beckham will also have to weigh whether he prefers to return to L.A. or ply his trade with another team on which he'll be the primary aerial option. He still might be able to parlay one or two strong seasons into a major payday.


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