Odell Beckham Jr.’s free agency saga finally came to an end Sunday.
The three-time Pro Bowler wide receiver teased his free-agent tour throughout the 2022 season, but he never landed a deal as his recovery from a torn ACL complicated his timeline. After flirtations with the Cowboys, Giants and Bills last season and the Jets this spring, Beckham agreed to a deal with the Ravens.
The team announced the signing on Twitter:
.@obj IS COMING TO BALTIMORE ‼️
We have agreed in principle on a one-year contract with WR Odell Beckham Jr. pic.twitter.com/NBKFcLC7iR
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 9, 2023
Baltimore’s quarterback situation is uncertain after Lamar Jackson requested a trade, but there’s little doubt the Ravens could use a wide receiver. Demarcus Robinson was the team’s leading wide receiver in 2022 with 458 yards on 48 catches.
Tight end Mark Andrews continues to be the focal point of the Ravens’ passing game, but Beckham figures to have a wide-open window to absorb targets regardless of who starts at quarterback for the team this season.
Here’s what you need to know about Beckham’s agreement with the Ravens.
Odell Beckham Jr. contract details
The Ravens are signing Beckham to a one-year contract worth up to $18 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the deal includes $15 million in guaranteed money.
$13.835 million of Beckham’s guaranteed money comes in the form of a signing bonus, according to. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Another $3 million is available in incentives.
More details on Odell Beckham Jr.‘s one-year deal with the #Ravens:
$13.835 million signing bonus
$1.165 million base salary
$3M in reachable incentives
So OBJ will make at least $15 million and as much as $18M on the deal negotiated by agent Zeke Sandhu. https://t.co/z6S8tkjvP1
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 9, 2023
It’s a hefty deal for a player who has suffered two ACL tears since 2020 and didn’t play at all in 2022. While an incentive-laden deal was the expectation, more than 80 percent of Beckham’s reported contract is guaranteed.
It’s an indication the Ravens plan to give the former Giants star a pivotal role in their offense, and money may have been what took Beckham off the market before he could see how the Jets’ pursuit of Aaron Rodgers ends.
Beckham was set to visit the Jets on Monday and undergo a physical. He also planned to discuss his potential role in a Rodgers-led offense. Rodgers expressed interest in playing with Beckham during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” in March, saying, “Who wouldn’t want Odell on their team?”
From one uncertain quarterback situation to another, Beckham is instead committed to the Ravens and is now in line to be a top target for either Jackson or whomever succeeds him in 2023.