Rams GM Les Snead Gets Candid on Re-Signing Odell Beckham Jr: “A Little Bit More Complex Situation Based on the Injury”

Published 03/23/2022, 8:00 AM EDT
Dec 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) catches a 7 yard touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sport Credit: Reuters

With the addition of Allen Robinson and transferring Robert Woods to Tennessee, the LA Rams’ wide receiver room has undergone substantial change this offseason. The team’s front management currently seems to be aiming to retain a major contributor; Odell Beckham Jr. in the camp for 2022, as he helped to secure the Lombardi Trophy in their Super Bowl-winning 2021 run.

The Los Angeles Rams lost several significant athletes over free agency, including Odell Beckham Jr. He is among the top stars still unclaimed for the second week in the offseason. However, GM Les Snead made it known that the Rams look intrigued about getting him back in 2022.

Beckham, 29, nearly ripped his ACL on his left knee for the second year running in the 2nd quarter of Los Angeles’ Super Bowl LVI triumph over Bengals. That implies Beckham won’t be eligible until late in the 2022 regular season at the earliest. Even though the athlete is having a major impact on the franchise, his ACL injury makes the situation more complicated.

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Given Beckham’s recent knee injury, Snead described the scenario as “difficult” in a video chat addressing Greg Beacham of the Associated Press on Tuesday. OBJ’s rehabilitation from ACL surgery will presumably keep him sidelined well through the start of the 2022 season. He suggests that re-signing him would indeed be equivalent to the receiver’s midway arrival in 2021.

He mentions, “He’s someone that we definitely want back. A little bit more complex situation based on the injury. We envision it being similar but different circumstances to last year. When Odell is ready to play, we’d appreciate him being part of [the Rams].”

Besides standout receiver Cooper Kupp, the Los Angeles Rams acquire free agent Allen Robinson II to a three-year, $46.5 million deal earlier in the month. Van Jefferson, a 2020 second-round pick, seems to be with the Rams.

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Beckham unexpectedly signs with the Rams after being released by the Cleveland Browns in during the 2021 season. Robert Woods sustained a season-ending knee ACL rupture a day after they recruited Beckham; Therefore, the scheduling of Beckham’s emergence proved ideal for Los Angeles.

Nov 28, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) rushes for a touchdown after catching a pass during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters

Beckham totaled 27 receptions for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight regular-season games with the Rams. In the postseason, the Pro Bowl wideout would enhance his chemistry with Matthew Stafford, catching 21 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns on the way to a Playoff Victory.

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Before tearing his ACL in the second quarter of the game, Beckham has been on track for quite a memorable Super Bowl effort. Beckham’s injury in the playoffs is among the primary factors the Rams and OBJ have still yet to agree on contract renewal.

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Pavitra Shome

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Pavitra Shome is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his M.A.

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