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The Los Angeles Rams have announced that Odell Beckham Jr. has agreed to terms with the franchise.
The free-agent wide receiver joins a high-powered offense lead by quarterback Matthew Stafford, and he joins Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Van Jefferson on the depth chart.
After being dismissed by the Cleveland Browns, Beckham cleared waivers on Tuesday and became a free agent.
According to ESPN, Beckham evaluated the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, and Seattle Seahawks this week.
Beckham effectively replaces veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson in Los Angeles, who was released after the trade deadline last week. This week, Jackson signed with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Beckham is the Rams’ second high-profile addition this month, after the signing of renowned pass-rusher Von Miller before the trade deadline last week. On his Instagram Story, Miller welcomed Beckham to Los Angeles, writing, “Let’s chase this ring family!!!!”
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Beckham was also greeted in Los Angeles by one of his close pals, Lakers superstar LeBron James, who tweeted: “Welcome to Los Angeles, @obj! It’s TIME TO GO!!”
This season, the Rams top the NFL in overall offense thanks to a powerful passing attack headed by Stafford, who leads the league with 2,771 passing yards. Kupp is the team’s leading receiver, leading the league in catches (74), receiving yards (1,019), and touchdown receptions (10).
Last week, the Browns excused Beckham from practice as the two parties discussed his release. He had requested a trade and had never made an on-field connection with Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Beckham basically forced his release last week when his father posted an 11-minute video on social media hours before the trade deadline showing plays in which Mayfield did not toss the ball to him.
In six games this season, the three-time Pro Bowler has 17 receptions for 232 yards and zero touchdowns. Beckham recorded 1,035 receiving yards in his debut season with Cleveland in 2019, but he suffered a season-ending knee injury the next year. In his career, he has five times surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark.
Browns defense When the news of Beckham’s signing broke, John Johnson III, who had spent the previous four seasons with the Rams, was on a Zoom call with Cleveland media. Johnson questioned how OBJ would fit in in Los Angeles.
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“They were on a roll, like a full offensive,” Johnson said. “I’m not sure. I just feel like, since I’m in L.A., I know for a fact that the offense goes through Cooper Kupp; even in the run game, throw game, and screen game, it all runs through Cooper Kupp. Odell is clearly a huge name, and he’ll want that attention as well. It’ll be fascinating.
“Coach [Sean] McVay is one of the greatest at what he does. He’ll find a way to accomplish it, but I wouldn’t go there straight away if I were him. But we’ll see how things develop, and I wish him the best of luck.”
The Rams have been extraordinarily adept in handling their premier players’ egos and desires, with McVay assuaging nearly all public dissatisfaction with the organization. After forcing his way out of Jacksonville, cornerback Jalen Ramsey was seen as a possible locker room issue, but he has been a model citizen and an obvious team leader in Los Angeles since coming in 2019.
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