Odell Beckham Received A ‘Very Competitive’ Contract Offer From Another AFC Contender

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The New York Jets made a strong push to sign star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. before he ultimately decided to sign a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Jets made a “very competitive” offer to Beckham that was close to what the Ravens offered, but ultimately fell short.

The report by ESPN added that Odell “probably should’ve been a Jet”, However, the Ravens were able come in and give him a more lucrative deal, with $15 million guaranteed and up to $18 million on a one-year contract for the 2023 season.

The Jets currently have just $8.8 million in available salary-cap space, and acquiring Rodgers will require even more cap maneuvering.

Despite the Jets’ interest in Beckham, it appears that the team ultimately decided not to match the Ravens’ offer. SNY’s Connor Hughes reported that Beckham called the Jets to give them a chance to match the offer he received from the Ravens, but the Jets were never going to go that high. Beckham would have been the Jets’ No. 3 receiver, and the team simply couldn’t justify the expense.

Beckham’s decision to sign with the Ravens is a big boost for their offense, which hopefully also includes quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has yet to sign his franchise tag. Beckham will likely serve as the team’s No. 1 receiver and provide Jackson with an explosive weapon in the passing game to go with Pro-Bowl tight end Mark Andrews.

As for the Jets, they’ll might continue their search for even more offensive weapons as they look to add talent around incoming quarterback Aaron Rodgers, once their trade with the Packers is completed.

While they missed out on Beckham, the team still has some cap space to work with and could look to add other free-agent receivers or explore trade options before the start of the 2023 season.