Odell Beckham Jr. sat out for the entirety of the 2022 NFL season, though he has always been looking to get back into the game. But if reports are to be believed, he may have a hard time finding a team that is willing to meet his demands.
Beckham held a workout on Friday of last week, which scouts from 14 NFL teams attended. Representatives from teams like the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, and New England Patriots were all involved, and even Beckham’s former team the New York Giants were present.
Reports: Odell Beckham Jr. Wants $20 Million Per Season
Update: Free-agent WR Odell Beckham is seeking a $20 million a year contract, per Mike Florio.
Odell, who went unsigned the entire 2022 season, recently had a workout in Arizona in front of 13 NFL teams. pic.twitter.com/Tw3aIefa5V
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 12, 2023
He was apparently impressive in the showing. Beckham Jr. looks to have bulked up on muscle, and was still able to make the spectacular catches that we have been accustomed to seeing him make. According to Mike Florio, there are interested parties, and the free agent wide receiver is “in talks” with several teams.
But, as Florio also reported, Beckham Jr.’s asking price might be a bit outrageous. Apparently, he is seeking a pay day in the $20 million per year range, and it feels like he’d be hard-pressed to find a team willing to pony up that kind of money for a guy who hasn’t played in over a year’s time.
Here’s a short clip @obj sent me of his workout in Arizona today, in front of multiple teams. He said it felt really good to make key catches right in front of the scouts, & to be able to show all the hard work he’s putting in to comeback hard again. Exciting things to come! pic.twitter.com/A7KTXp4MUv
— JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 11, 2023
Making $20 million per year would put Beckham Jr. near the top-10 in average yearly salary at the position. He would come in slightly behind DJ Moore and Keenan Allen, and would be on par with Mike Williams and Amari Cooper. Should he receive the money that he’s looking for, Odell Beckham Jr. would make more in 2023 than Brandin Cooks, Christian Kirk, and Mike Evans.
Would he be worth it? Beckham Jr. hasn’t played since he tore his ACL in the Super Bowl in early 2022, and he hasn’t been an explosive, top-10 receiver in quite some time. His stint in Cleveland was underwhelming, with his final full year being cut short by injuries. But he believes that he has enough left in the tank to be a true #1 WR in the league, and thinks that he can be paid like one.
Odell Beckham Jr. played in 14 games in 2021 between his time between Cleveland and Los Angeles. He totaled 537 receiving yards and scored five touchdowns, all of his scores coming as a member of the Rams.
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