The Baltimore Ravens signed Odell Beckham Jr. to a one-year/$18 million contract on Sunday afternoon. Beckham Jr., who was out the entire 2022 after suffering a torn ACL in Super Bowl LVI, finally has a new home.
But does it make sense for both sides?
For Odell Beckham Jr., absolutely. He is going to a team with an above average to elite playmaking QB in Lamar Jackson. Reports are saying Jackson actively recruited OBJ to Baltimore, a sign that Jackson may stay with the Ravens after all.
In terms of money, OBJ is getting a bag. $15 million is guaranteed, but $18 million with incentives. OBJ is getting paid like a WR1, which he might actually be on the Ravens. There are not many teams that would need OBJ as their WR1, but for Baltimore, the only other notable WR is Rashod Bateman. Tight end Mark Andrews is also on the roster, so it gives Lamar a nice trio of weapons.
For the Ravens, this was a complete overpay. They probably felt the pressure to make a move with the potential departure of Lamar Jackson looming. Will this move keep Lamar in Baltimore? It could be one of many moves that might. Wide receiver may still be an option for Baltimore with their No. 22 overall pick.
OBJ’s health is still a gamble. He has not played a full season since 2019. Will Odell ever be 100% again? Likely not, even furthering the skepticism that this signing works out the way Baltimore wants.
Overall, we will just need to see what happens. OBJ provides no shortage of drama, but if healthy, he could be the spark that Baltimore needs.
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