Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly wants $20 million a season

Would you pay this man $20 million a year?

Would you pay this man $20 million a year?
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Odell Beckham Jr. is back on the field and is reportedly expecting to make big bucks on a new free agency contract. After winning a ring with the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI, Beckham missed all of last season to recover from an ACL injury he sustained in that game. He is finally able to train for teams and is reportedly aiming for the highest dollar in the $20 million range annually.

Always aim high, and rightly so. But one wonders how long it will be in free agency (which begins Wednesday) for OBJ’s team to realize that’s unlikely to happen for the 30-year-old wide receiver, and they’ll likely have to temper expectations. Wide at his age with a history of lower extremity injuries don’t usually handle these big deals, especially after missing so much time.

OBJ want how much?

Keep in mind that these are just reports of what Beckham wants financially. He hasn’t said anything like that publicly, so we know how that works. For the sake of argument, if this is true, OBJ will have a hard time finding a team willing to sign him to this massive agreement. Beckham is at a stage where he could still be a crucial part of a team, but not in the amount of $20 million (if the reports are correct).

That’s the good news for OBJ several teams are interested in his services. While the effort they are willing to make to acquire it will not be known for at least the next few days, the interest is there. While this team comes in Dallaswho was heavily linked with Beckham a few months ago was not present in Arizona for practice, they are said to still be in the race.

So who is potentially interested?

Among the teams that made the trip to see Beckham’s practice were the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panther, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, buffalo bills, Minnesota Vikings, New York JetsAnd Arizona Cardinals. Defending champion in the Super Bowl Kansas City chiefs even sent people to watch OBJ run routes and do one-handed catches. All it takes is one. And when he looks at this list, he has more than a few options.

However, it will be exciting to see how close the former first-round pick gets to the $20 million mark. If injuries weren’t a factor, OBJ would likely be on a ban from getting what he wanted within reasonable market parameters. But after missing the 2022 campaign and allegedly to be ready towards the end of this season, however refuse to workteams might hesitate opening their checkbooks so freely.

Hopefully Beckham gets the money he wants, whatever that is, but that big number doesn’t sound feasible. That’s more like money for receiver #1, and at this stage in his career, OBJ doesn’t sign with a competitor as a first option. If he’s fine playing for Carolina or New England, it might be because neither of those teams will be sniffing out a Super Bowl anytime soon. And we know Bill Belichick doesn’t pay a pass catcher that kind of money anyway.

So OBJ’s journey back to the football field officially begins this week. There is no doubt that he will be signed. It’s just a matter of where and how much this lucky team is willing to spend.

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Ian Walker

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