No sooner had Odell Beckham Jr completed the first touchdown of Los Angeles Rams’ successful Super Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bengals than he had suffered a torn ACL that saw him miss the second half of the game more than likely a sizable chunk of the upcoming season.
However, this hasn’t put off the Rams when it comes to looking to tie the wide receiver to a new contract, his current deal having run out days after the Super Bowl triumph. 29-year-old Beckham Jr. is apparently keen to re-sign with the Rams but isn’t going to be short of offers, chiefly because of his great spell at the SoFi Stadium last season.
The Rams winning the Super Bowl in 2022 wasn’t something many would have predicted, and if you look over at odds comparison service Sidelines, you’ll see that Sean McVay’s team are some way down the pecking order when it comes to NFL Super Bowl futures odds, Los Angeles now being placed at fifth favorites at around (+1200) to repeat the feat.
General manager Les Snead has made it clear he wants to sign up Beckham Jr. as soon as possible, despite his lengthy injury lay-off, stating;
“We would definitely appreciate him being a part of that diversity of [pass-catchers] we were talking about, and coming in obviously later in the season and kind of finishing things off with him,”
“So similar to last year, although different circumstances.”
Snead is also looking to keep hold of defensive tackle Aaron Donald and is seemingly confident of doing so;
“We definitely have chatted with Aaron, his representation,”
“And we’re trying to come up with a win-win solution to reward Aaron but still definitely be able to continue trying to compete as a team at the highest level. So we’re in progress there.”
The situation the Rams find themselves in relation to Beckham Jr. may have actually been assisted by the fact that he is sidelined. After all, the Rams saw Von Miller leave for the Buffalo Bills earlier this month, the defensive end having arrived last November and playing a key role in helping them to the Super Bowl.
Miller then opted to sign a six-year deal with the Bills, worth $120 million, and one wonders if Beckham Jr might have been persuaded to cash-in in a similar style had it not been for his ACL issues.
Beckham Jr. also arrived in November and was back to his very best, catching 48 passes for 593 yards and seven touchdowns over the course of the 12 games he saw in action.
As for other options, Beckham Jr is also being courted by the New England Patriots with his former teammate Mack Wilson Sr. looking to bring him to Foxborough, and there is ongoing talk of a possible return to the Cleveland Browns for the free agent.
When it comes to the injury Beckham Jr. has suffered, there are conflicting estimates as to how long it may take for a full recovery, and some medical experts have actually suggested he could be out for the entirety of 2022-23.