Now that Odell Beckham Jr. has got the job security that comes with putting pen to paper after he signed a new contract with the Baltimore Ravens, the 30-year-old wide receiver is being a bit more honest about his health in recent seasons.
According to Odell, while the main injury that kept him out for an entire season may have happened during Super Bowl LVI, he actually already had “no ACL” when he originally landed with Los Angeles.
“That whole season I was playing without it. It was a crazy thing. I signed with the L.A. Rams, and I remember ElAttrache comes down there and he’s like, ‘I’ve just got to inform you that you don’t have an ACL. You know, we can redo your surgery right now.’ And this was Week Nine of the season,” Beckham said during his introductory press conference on Thursday.
“And I just told him, I was like, ‘I’ve been through way too much to come here and sign. There was way too much talk on my name. You know, the past year, like I came here to win a championship.’ And I told him I’d die on the sword.”
While the former Pro Bowler might have landed with the Ravens, he’s done so without the guarantee of playing with Lamar Jackson, as he reportedly wasn’t given “any assurances” that the former MVP will be back with Baltimore next season. Beckham’s contract with the Ravens is for one year and will be worth at least $15 million.
If OBJ is going to recapture the scintillating form he showed earlier in his career then he’s definitely going to need Lamar Jackson under center, as Beckham’s last 1,000-yard season came all the way back in 2019, his first with the Cleveland Browns.
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