Latest Comments From OBJ Suggest Lamar Jackson Returning To The Ravens Is No Sure Thing

Odell Beckham Jr. and Lamar Jackson

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When it was announced that Odell Beckham Jr. would be signing a one-year contract — a deal that one NFL analyst said is the worst he’s ever seen — reports indicated that the wide receiver had done so with a “clear understanding” that Lamar Jackson would be his quarterback.

Recent comments from Odell, however, suggest that Jackson returning to the Baltimore Ravens is no sure thing.

“Beckham said he has been given no assurances that Jackson will be his quarterback in 2023, but he’s hopeful that will be the case,” reported the Ravens’ official website.

“Lamar, if you’re watching, I would love to get to work with you,” Beckham said during his introductory press conference earlier this year.

“The goal is to come here and have that possibility to play with him,” Beckham said. “I’m excited about that opportunity. My thoughts would be that he would be here. I know that these two [General Manager Eric DeCosta and Head Coach John Harbaugh] want him to be here. At the end of the day, that’s going to be up to them,” he continued.

Beckham — who signed a one-year deal with Baltimore that could be worth up to $18 million — certainly better hope that Jackson returns to the Ravens next season, as the 30-year-old wide receiver is going to need be catching passes from the former MVP if he’s going to have any hope of resurrecting his career.

OBJ, who missed the entire 2022 season due to an ACL injury, hasn’t had a 1,000-yard season since 2019 with the Cleveland Browns, his first season after being traded out of New York.

So far during his eight seasons in the National Football League, Beckham has racked up 531 catches for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns. His best season in the NFL came during the 2015 season when he hauled in 96 catches for a career-high 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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