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Baltimore Ravens sign superstar WR Odell Beckham Jr. to 1 - Year $15 Million Contract
Hopefully for the Baltimore Ravens this deal will help their superstar starting quarterback, Lamar Jackson, to sign a big - time NFL contract extension, although the Baltimore Ravens would have to have Beckham Jr. commit to a longer - term agreement for that to take full - effect.
On Sunday, April 9th, 2023 the Baltimore Ravens made their biggest splash of the 2023 NFL offseason and also piecing together possibly their strongest message to the disgruntled franchise tagged quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens in Lamar Jackson by announcing that they have come to an agreement on a 1 - year contract with the 3 - time NFL Pro Bowl superstar wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr.
The new contract between Beckham Jr. and the Baltimore Ravens is good for the 2023 - 2023 NFL season, and it is worth up to approximately $15 million and a total of $18 million once the incentives are included. This deal includes a $13,835,000 signing bonus as well as a total of $13,835,000 in guaranteed money. Odell is now scheduled to become an NFL free agent once again prior to the 2024 - 2025 season of the National Football League.
Incentives Total: $3 Million
Receptions (non - cumulative)
- 30: $250,000
- 40: $500,000
- 50: $750,000
- 60 / Team Lead: $1 Million
Receiving Yards (non - cumulative)
- 250: $250,000
- 500, $500,000
- 750: $750,000
- 1,000 / Team Lead: $1 Million
- 3: $250,000
- 5: $500,000
- 7: $750,000
- 9 / Team Lead: $1 Million
2024 - 2027 Years Automatically Void
The Baltimore Ravens have been Pursuing Odell Beckham Jr. for a Long Time
The Baltimore Ravens have been in contact with Beckham Jr. ever since last year when they met with the highly - talented wide receiver during the NFL’s annual league meetings just 2 - weeks ago. The Baltimore Ravens then managed to ink a contract with Beckham Jr. only 1 - day prior to Odell being scheduled to visit the New York Jets in order to negotiate a possible agreement.
The new addition of Odell to the Baltimore Ravens comes just around a month following Jackson asking the Baltimore Ravens for a trade. The Baltimore Ravens have since placed the non - exclusive franchise tag on their biggest star in their quarterback, Lamar Jackson, however none of the other 32 - NFL franchises have yet to offer him a deal publicly.
The Endorsement from Marlon Humphrey
The signing of O. B. J. was very well - received by the Baltimore Ravens starting lock - down cornerback, Marlon Humphrey, who once had an on - the - field altercation with Beckham Jr.
Back in 2019, Humphrey managed to pin down Odell during the course of a football game, and he seemed to have wrapped his hands on Beckham Jr.’s throat too. Marlon eventually apologized for his actions following that controversial contest, and then Humphrey welcomed O. B. J. back last Sunday by tweeting this: "Want to be best friends and win a Super Bowl?? Let's get it..!"
Odell is currently and he has been one the most decorated players on the National Football League's most inconsistent or unproven wide receiver. The main overall question surrounding Beckham concern his ability to remain fully healthy. O. B. J. did not play even a single game all of the 2022 - 2023 NFL season following him enduring a torn ACL in his left knee when his Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.
The Baltimore Ravens Wide Receivers
None of the Baltimore Ravens 8 - total wide receivers on their roster including: Rashod Bateman, Nelson Agholor, Devin Duvernay, Tylan Wallace, James Proche II, Andy Isabella, Mike Thomas, and Shemar Bridges have ever managed to compile a 1,000 - receiving yard NFL season, but Beckham Jr. has recorded 5 of those such NFL seasons.
The Ravens Baltimore have ranked at the bottom of the barrel in the NFL regarding receiving yards by their wide outs during 3 of the last 4 - NFL seasons (2019, 2020, 2022), so the addition of Odell is greatly welcomed by the Baltimore Ravens.
The Baltimore Ravens have embraced their recent success as they have been adding old wide receivers (age 30 and over) such as Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin, as well as Steve Smith Sr. The Baltimore Ravens also have struggled after picking up older wide outs like Jeremy Maclin, Michael Crabtree, and Sammy Watkins.
The Baltimore Ravens have mainly had to trust on free agency to acquire new wide receivers even though they drafted a wide receiver during the 1st - round of the 2019 NFL Draft by selecting Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, and during the 2021 NFL Draft when they took Rashod Bateman. The Baltimore Ravens are the only NFL franchise not to draft a Pro Bowl selected wide receiver which is kind of crazy to think about.
Beckham Jr. also made free agent visits with other NFL franchises like the Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Giants last December during the 2022 - 2023 NFL season, but Odell did not manage to reach a reasonable deal with any team at the end of the last NFL season which made him one of the most eligible bachelors during the current 2023 NFL offseason.
Stint with the Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams
O. B. J. joined the Los Angeles Rams back in November of the 2021 - 2022 NFL season following his release by the Cleveland Browns. Beckham Jr. pulled in 5 - touchdown receptions over the course of 8 - NFL regular - season match - ups with the Los Angeles Rams as well as 2 - more touchdowns during their 4 - very successful postseason games that year.
Altogether, Odell recorded a total of 48 - receptions which was good for 593 - yards throughout 12 - NFL games during his short time wearing a Los Angeles Rams uniform.
O. B. J. and the Cleveland Browns
The 3 - time NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver selection had grossed 1,035 - receiving yards back in 2019 which was his very 1st - NFL season with the Cleveland Browns, but he faded out in Cleveland soon after that first year with the Browns. Odell suffered a season - ending knee injury in 2020 while with the Cleveland Browns.
The New York Giants originally selected Beckham Jr. with the 12th - overall pick during the 2014 NFL Draft. Odell went on to be named the Offensive Rookie of the Year way back in 2014. He rapidly became a house - held name for the New York Giants by surpassing 1,300 - receiving yards in each of his initial 3 - NFL seasons with the New York Giants.
Beckham Jr. then signed a 5 - year contract extension with the New York Giants that was valued at approximately $98.5 million back in August of 2018, but he was immediately traded to the Cleveland Browns the following NFL offseason after inking that big contractual agreement with the New York Giants less than a year prior to his trade.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- Super Bowl Champion (LVI)
- NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award Winner (2014)
- 2 - Time Second - Team NFL All - Pro Selection (2015, 2016)
- 3 - Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2014, 2015, 2016)
- PFWA All - Rookie Team Selection (2014)
- Paul Hornung Award Winner (2013)
- First - Team All - American Selection (2013)
- First - Team All - SEC Selection (2013)
“Beckham agrees to 1 - year, $15 million deal from Ravens”, Jamison Hensley, espn.com, April 9, 2023.
“Odell Beckham Jr.”, pro-football-reference.com, April 12, 2023.
“Odell Beckham Jr.”, spotrac.com, April 12, 2023.
Written by: David Green