One of the most intriguing free agents that people were keeping an eye on this offseason was wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. After struggling mightily with the Cleveland Browns following a trade from the New York Giants, which may not have been all his fault, Beckham landed in a great situation with the Los Angeles Rams. Now, he is still looking for a team and the Rams and Buffalo Bills could be his top two destinations.
His addition ended up being more important than originally thought as Robert Woods tore his ACL days after Beckham signed. That led to a void in the Rams’ offense behind Cooper Kupp which Bekchamm filled as well as anyone could have hoped.
Once the playoffs rolled around he was looking like his former self. He caught 21 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns, including two receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown before suffering an injury in the Super Bowl.
Beckham tore an ACL for the second time, as he did the same during the 2020 season with the Browns. That means he will not be able to play until later in the 2022 season, complicating his free agency process.
Could the 2022 season opener on Thursday night become the Beckham Bowl? It was not too long ago that the former All-Pro suggested that he would sign a contract with whoever won the game between the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams and admitted that he half meant it.
Both teams are among the numerous suitors that have been linked to Beckham along with other playoff teams such as the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots. The Minnesota Vikings have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot.
Despite that, the Rams seem to remain quietly confident that they will ultimately retain Beckham for what they are hoping is another deep run in the playoffs. It would make sense for Beckham to return there as he wouldn’t have to learn a new playbook and there wouldn’t be any pressure on him to be the star of the show.
He can fill in as the third receiver behind Kupp and Allen Robinson. Proving he is healthy and willing to accept any role a team has for him is the best course of action if Odell Beckham Jr. is going to land a lucrative contract as a free agent in 2023.