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Ravens sign Odell Beckham Jr. to 1-year, $15 million contract

According to the Baltimore Ravens organization, former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has officially agreed to a one-year contract. Yahoo!Sports reports Beckham is guaranteed $18 million for one season, “$13.8 million is guaranteed via signing bonus alongside a $1.2 million salary, while $3 million is available in incentives.”

Beckham before the signing was a three-time Pro Bowler for the New York Giants, and best known for one of the greatest catches in NFL history against the Dallas Cowboys. After two years and failing to find his rhythm on the Cleveland Browns, he was traded to the Rams to which he became a reliable target for them to win Super Bowl LVI. Despite winning the Super Bowl, Beckham left the game with an ACL tear. He tried to sign with a team during the 2022 season but wasn’t able to reach a deal that season.

The Ravens haven’t been lucky in finding a star wide-receiver for years. Since the departure and retirement of hall-of-fame receiver Steve Smith Sr., The Ravens have signed a series of free agents from Mike Wallace to Michael Crabtree, an aging Dez Bryant and DeSean Jackson who was released after one season. In the NFL Draft, they have signed receivers before such as Breshad Perriman in 2016—who unfortunately failed to live up to expectations, Marquise Brown was traded to the Arizona Cardinals after two years with the team, and their first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Rashod Bateman, was on IR until Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers. In his 2022 season, Bateman left in Week 6 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a foot injury, opting for surgery in November. The Ravens’ other options lie with Devin Duvernay and ex-Patriots receiver Nelson Agholor.

With the addition of Beckham, this could be the star receiver the Ravens and fans have been waiting for. According to Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s Instagram profile, it appears that he really appreciates that the deal was made as he posted a photo of his video call with him in the following after the announcement was made.

Before the news broke, Jackson accepted a non-exclusive franchise tag from the Ravens and has requested trades from other teams in the NFL. The Ravens don’t have any intentions of trading Jackson, nor did any team as of yet has agreed to trade for him as of right now.

The only question that still lingers on everyone’s mind is how will he perform going forward. Fans will see it once the 2023 season begins.


Edited by Sushmita Regmi

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