Odell Beckham Jr. has signed with the Baltimore Ravens for the 2023 season.
We’re now learning that the star receiver’s decision was largely based on his “clear understanding” that Lamar Jackson will be his quarterback, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
From NFL Now: The Odell Beckham Jr signing with the #Ravens not only locked in a top WR… it also revealed that Lamar Jackson was actively recruiting him. He plans to be throwing passes to Beckham. pic.twitter.com/CFz7vZLTtG
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 10, 2023
“In his recruitment, it’s not like Lamar said, ‘All right, I’m about to do a deal, we’re good to go,’ but there was a clear understanding that when they talk about the quarterback that’s gonna be throwing passes to Odell, that it’s probably gonna be Lamar,”
The signing of Odell is a major boost for the Ravens, who have been searching for a top-tier wide receiver to complement Jackson’s skills. Beckham’s arrival also seems confirms that Jackson will remain with the team for at least one more season, despite some rumors to the contrary.
The quarterback actively recruited Beckham to come to Baltimore, and it appears his efforts have paid off. Beckham’s one-year, $15 million deal (with the potential to earn up to $18 million with incentives) is a significant investment by the Ravens, but one that could pay dividends in the form of a more potent offense.
Beckham’s decision to sign with the Ravens is also a huge relief for his fans, who have watched him struggle with injuries and inconsistency over the past few years. While his talent is undeniable, his production has not always matched his potential. However, with Jackson throwing him the ball, Beckham will have a chance to show the world what he’s truly capable of.
The move also sends a message to the rest of the league that the Ravens are serious about contending for a Super Bowl. With a top-notch defense and a dynamic offense led by Jackson and Beckham, the Ravens will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2023 season.
For Jackson, the arrival of Beckham could be a career-defining moment. The quarterback has faced criticism in the past for his limited success throwing the ball, but with a receiver of Beckham’s caliber on the field, he will have a chance to showcase his arm talent and take his game to the next level.
All in all, the signing of Odell Beckham Jr. is a huge win for the Ravens, their fans, and the NFL as a whole. With two of the league’s brightest stars joining forces, the 2023 season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent memory.