Supply: Beckham joins Ravens for 1 yr, $15 million

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens made their boldest transfer of the offseason — and delivered maybe their strongest message to disgruntled quarterback Lamar Jackson — by forging a one-year settlement with three-time Professional Bowl extensive receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday.

The deal is valued at as much as $18 million and features a $15 million assure, a supply advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Ravens have been in contact with Beckham since final yr and met with him on the annual league assembly two weeks in the past. Baltimore then struck a deal the day earlier than Beckham was scheduled to go to the New York Jets.

Beckham, 30, broke the information on Instagram on Sunday evening.

The addition of Beckham comes a month after Jackson requested a commerce from the Ravens. Baltimore has since positioned the non-exclusive franchise tag, however no crew has publicly pursued it but.

Beckham turns into probably the most adorned participant within the NFL’s most unproven extensive receiver group. The large query is the well being of Beckham, who didn’t play all of final season after tearing his left knee cruciate ligament in Tremendous Bowl LVI.

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Not one of the Ravens’ eight extensive receivers on the listing (Rashod Bateman, Nelson Agholor, Devin Duvernay, Tylan Wallace, James Proche II, Andy Isabella, Mike Thomas, and Shemar Bridges) have ever had a 1.00-yard season. Beckham had 5 of them.

Baltimore has ranked backside within the NFL for receiving yards from extensive receivers in three of the final 4 seasons (2019, 2020, and 2022).

The Ravens have been profitable in including receivers of over 30, from Derrick Mason to Anquan Boldin to Steve Smith. With Jeremy Maclin, Michael Crabtree and Sammy Watkins, Baltimore has additionally disbursed with older receivers.

Baltimore needed to depend on a free hand to strengthen that place, regardless of drafting a large receiver within the first spherical in 2019 (Marquise “Hollywood” Brown) and 2021 (Bateman). The Ravens are the one franchise to not draft a Professional Bowl extensive receiver.

Beckham visited the Buffalo Payments, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants as a free agent in December however failed to succeed in an settlement.

Earlier than the harm, he confirmed with the Los Angeles Rams throughout their championship season that he can nonetheless be an influence participant after changing into a forgotten a part of the Cleveland Browns offense.

Beckham joined the Rams in November of the 2021 season after being fired by the Browns.

He caught 5 touchdowns in eight regular-season video games with the Rams and two extra in 4 postseason contests. Mixed, he had 48 receptions for 593 yards in 12 video games in a Rams uniform.

Earlier than his launch, Beckham had 17 receptions for 232 yards and no touchdowns in six video games for the Browns.

The three-time Professional Bowl choice had 1,035 yards in 2019, his first season with Cleveland, however suffered a season-ending knee harm in 2020. He has surpassed 1,000 yards 5 instances in his profession.

The New York Giants chosen Beckham twelfth general within the 2014 draft. He was named Offensive Rookie of the 12 months in 2014 and shortly turned a star for the Giants, surpassing 1,300 yards in every of his first three seasons. He signed a five-year contract with the Giants value as much as $98.5 million in August 2018, however was then traded to the Browns the subsequent offseason.