The Baltimore Ravens made what some are calling a statement of intent on Sunday when they agreed to a deal with free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Many believe the deal is part of a ploy to convince superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson to re-sign in Baltimore.
Jackson and Beckham Jr. are close and the former NFL MVP posted a picture on Instagram on Sunday night of him talking with the new Ravens wideout.
But there’s just one problem.
Beckham Jr. might not be all that good anymore. The three-time Pro Bowler will be 31 years old in November. He didn’t play at all in 2022 after tearing his ACL. He hasn’t had 1,000 yards receiver in a season since 2019 and hasn’t topped 80 receptions since 2016.
All the evidence says that it’s likely that Beckham Jr. is finished as a top tier receiver in the NFL. Which is why NFL analyst Ross Tucker is calling the deal “Maybe the worst contract I’ve ever seen the Ravens give out.”
“Maybe the worst contract I’ve ever seen the Ravens give out. This HAS to be about Lamar Jackson.”@RossTuckerNFL reacts to OBJ getting $15M fully guaranteed in Baltimore.@LabattUSA #ad MSG21+ pic.twitter.com/BgeV7yFHPA
— Ross Tucker Podcast (@RossTuckerPod) April 10, 2023
“This absolutely has to have something to do with Lamar Jackson. Probably a lot to do with Lamar Jackson,” Tucker said on Monday morning. “Fifteen million dollars? Fully guaranteed? For a guy who will be 31, has torn his ACL twice in the last two years, has 856 yards receiving in the last three years, and didn’t play last year at all.
“…You know how I know it has something to do with Lamar Jackson? Because Lamar Jackson posts a FaceTime picture on Instagram of him and Odell Beckham Jr. Which, by the way, what happened to your trade request, Lamar? Probably not a real good look for you trade demand that you’re posting a pic excited with OBJ being a Raven. But that’s another story. The point is that that’s even more proof that I really believe the Ravens way overpaid Odell Beckham Jr. Maybe the worst contract I’ve ever seen the Ravens give out. They did it because they obviously think this will help them get Lamar Jackson signed. Or at least get him to play for them this year. There’s no other explanation.”
Tucker makes a point. The numbers say Beckham isn’t worth that contract. But if it gets Jackson to sign long-term, maybe it doesn’t matter?