Odell Beckham Jr. is the best wide receiver available in NFL free agency. With the asking prices of acquiring DeAndre Hopkins or Jerry Jeudy via trade viewed as too high by NFL teams, Beckham Jr. could have a chance to take advantage of a favorable market.
Even after the Dallas Cowboys landed Brandin Cooks, Beckham Jr. had a strong market of suitors THe Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are among the teams to express interest in the former Pro Bowl receiver.
- Odell Beckham Jr stats (career): 531 receptions, 7,367 receiving yards, 56 touchdowns
More than a year removed from his ACL tear suffered in Super Bowl LVI, the 30-year-old wideout impressed more than a dozen teams during a private workout in March. He proved that he is healthy for the first time since he played for the Los Angeles Rams, generating further interest with clubs eyeing him for an immediate impact in 2023.
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However, the free-agency process has played out slowly for Beckham Jr. He met with multiple teams during the 2022 season, suggesting he could make an early return from the ACL tear. Instead, he remained on the open market after no team saw him work out and every medical staff expressed concerns about his recovery from knee surgery.
While the concerns regarding his knee and readiness to play have been alleviated, it appears the cost of signing him might now be a hurdle.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer shared that the word from the NFL owners’ meetings in Arizona is that Beckham Jr. is looking for a contract in the range of $15 million per season. However, Yahoo Sports’ NFL insider Charles Robinson has shared on the You Pod to Win the Game podcasts that teams aren’t comfortable signing Beckham Jr. to a contract in that range.
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There is still a viable market for him, with Dan Graziano of ESPN reporting that multiple teams have made him contract offers. For now, Beckham Jr. hasn’t found the deal he wants and he is still waiting to see when Aaron Rodgers is traded to the Jets.
While it remains possible that Beckham Jr. lands a contract worth a total value of $15 million per season, it would likely be the maximum value if he hits multiple incentives to earn contract bonuses.
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