Odell Beckham Jr. agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced.
The wide receiver of a free agent joins a high-powered offense led by quarterback Matthew Stafford and adds to a deep letter at the position that already includes Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Van Jefferson.
Beckham became a free agent when he cleared a resignation Tuesday after being released by the Cleveland Browns.
The Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks were among the other teams Beckham considered this week, sources told ESPN.
In Los Angeles, Beckham is essentially replacing veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was released after the trade deadline last week. Jackson signed with the Las Vegas Raiders this week.
Beckham is the second high-profile player added by the Rams this month, after Los Angeles traded for star passer Von Miller before the deadline last week. Miller welcomed Beckham to Los Angeles in his Instagram Story, posting: “Let’s chase this ring family !!!!”
Von Miller and OBJ looking for a ring with the Rams. pic.twitter.com/Qau2RDNgXk
– Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) November 11, 2021
Beckham was also welcomed to LA by Lakers superstar LeBron James, one of his good friends, who tweeted: “Welcome to LA my brother @obj! It’s GO TIME !!”
The Rams lead the NFL in total offense this season behind a powerful passing attack led by Stafford, who is first in the NFL with 2,771 passing yards. Kupp is the team’s No. 1 receiver and leads the NFL in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,019) and touchdown receptions (10).
The Browns excused Beckham from practice last week while the sides negotiated his exit. He asked to be traded and never developed an on-field connection with Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Beckham basically forced his release last week when his father shared an 11-minute video on social media – hours before the business deadline – of games in which Mayfield didn’t pass him the ball.
The three-time Pro Bowl pick has 17 catches for 232 yards and zero touchdowns in six games this season. Beckham had 1,035 receiving yards in 2019, his first season with Cleveland, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2020. He passed the 1,000-yard receiving mark five times in his career.
Browns safety John Johnson, who has spent the past four seasons with the Rams, was at a Zoom call with Cleveland reporters when news of Beckham’s signing broke. Johnson wondered how OBJ would fit in LA.
“They had a good thing, as a complete offense,” Johnson said. “I don’t know that I just feel it. As if, because of being in LA, I know the offense goes through Cooper Kupp, even in the running game, the pass game, the screen game, i go through Cooper Kupp a bit. So obviously, Odell is great name and he will want that attention too.It will be interesting.
“Coach (Sean) McVay, he’s one of the best doing it. He’s going to find a way to do it, but right away I really wouldn’t want to go there if I were him, but we will. See how it goes and I wish him the best. ”
The Rams have been remarkably successful at managing the egos and needs of their elite players, with McVay appeasing almost every public disappointment with the organization. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey was considered a potential change of clothes problem after he was forced to leave Jacksonville, but he has been a model citizen and a clear team leader in Los Angeles since his arrival in 2019.
The Rams (7-2) play the San Francisco 49ers (3-5) on Monday night.
Adam Schefter of ESPN and The Associated Press contributed to this report.