Free agent wide receiver and former Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr. has agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens on a one-year deal worth up to $18 million, the team announced Sunday (April 9).
The deal includes a $13.835 million signing bonus, $1.165 million base salary and $3 million in reachable incentives, according to multiple sources. Beckham will make at least $15 million and as much as $18 million.
.@obj IS COMING TO BALTIMORE ‼️
We have agreed in principle on a one-year contract with WR Odell Beckham Jr. pic.twitter.com/NBKFcLC7iR
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 9, 2023
A three-time Pro Bowler, Beckham was out of the league during the 2022 season as he recovered from a torn ACL suffered during Super Bowl LVI. Beckham visited with potential suitors throughout the season and was scheduled to have a visit with the New York Jets on Monday, but the Ravens swooped in and nabbed the veteran receiver before New York could talk him into joining a potential Aaron Rodgers-led offense.
The addition marks a change of pace for Baltimore, who has ranked last in the NFL in receiving yards by wideouts in three of the past four seasons and has not had a 1,000-yard wide receiver since Marquise Brown in 2021 — who they traded to the Arizona Cardinals. Besides Brown, the Ravens last thousand-yard wide receiver came back in 2016, and none of the team’s current receivers (besides Beckham, who has five) have ever had a 1,000-yard season.
The signing also comes a month after Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson requested a trade from the organization as the two sides continue to struggle at working out a contract extension. Baltimore has placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on Jackson, but no team has yet to publicly pursue him.
Buzzing 📲 pic.twitter.com/UDVQOSlWKs
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 10, 2023
Beckham, 30, has made waves in the league ever since being drafted by the Giants in 2014, going viral for spectacular catches while also staying consistent in his play. Over the first three seasons of his career, Beckham averaged over 95 yards a game and racked up 35 touchdowns, eclipsing 1,300 yards in each of his first three seasons. He’s the only receiver with 3,000 receiving yards or more in their first 30 games in the NFL.
After New York, Beckham was traded to the Cleveland Browns, where he spent a tumultuous year-and-a-half before signing with the Rams in 2021. It was there that he helped Los Angeles win Super Bowl LVI, scoring the game’s first touchdown before leaving with the ACL injury in the second quarter.
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