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Odell Beckham Jr. says he came ‘very close’ to signing with the New England Patriots

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is less than a week away from making his first ever Super Bowl appearance. His Rams will “host” the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium this coming Sunday.

For Beckham Jr., the 2021 season has been a wild ride. It started out as a member of the Cleveland Browns with real championship aspirations with the team.

After a drama-filled six-game stint with Cleveland, Beckham Jr. forced his way out of town. Ultimately, he was released by the team and ended up with the Rams.

Now looking forward to his biggest game as a pro, Odell Beckham took to Super Bowl Opening Night Monday to speak with the media. One of the topics raised was the process that led to him signing with Los Angeles.

From the receiver’s own mouth, he indicated that he was very close to signing with the New England Patriots.

Beckham’s comments are likely in relation to Tom Brady’s departure from the Patriots ahead of the 2020 season. Perhaps, he didn’t think rookie quarterback Mac Jones was going to lead New England into championship contention. In the end, Jones struggled big time in the team’s AFC Wild Card loss to the division-rival Buffalo Bills.

As for OBJ, he’s one of the primary reasons Los Angeles overcame a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver caught 9-of-11 targets for 113 yards in the win.

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Did Odell Beckham Jr. in proving skeptics wrong

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Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) celebrates after beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In talking to the media on Monday, OBJ was asked whether he takes and pleasure in proving people wrong following his release from the Browns. His answer was not so subtle.

“No. A younger me would have. I don’t take satisfaction, it’s not that deep for me because I know who I am.”

Odell Beckham Jr. to the media (February 7, 2022)

If you remember correctly, Beckham’s father made news immediately ahead of the receiver being released by Cleveland back in November. In fact, Odell Beckham Sr. absolutely blasted Baker Mayfield on social media.

In speaking to the media on Monday, Beckham Jr. talked about his previous stints with the New York Giants and Browns. While he did not mention Mayfield directly, it’s not too hard to read between the lines with those previous comments.

As for Cleveland, the team finished its 2021 season with an 8-9 record and missed out on the playoffs altogether.