Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. walks on the field after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 26, 2021, in Cleveland. A disappointment and distraction before being released by the Browns, Beckham cleared NFL waivers without being claimed Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, and can now sign as a free agent with any team. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
The Rams have signed free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham was released by the Browns earlier this week
A look at the Rams’ odds to win the Super Bowl and analysis can be found below
Odell Beckham Jr. has found a new home with one of the leading contenders to win the Super Bowl, agreeing to terms with the Los Angeles Rams on a contract Thursday.
Beckham’s deal will run through the end of the season. Beckham became a free agent earlier this week when he cleared waivers after the Cleveland Browns released the three-time Pro Bowl selection.
The Rams’ odds to win the Super Bowl improved from +850 to +750 in the wake of the Beckham news and they are the third choice to win it all behind the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills.
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Odds as of November 11th at FanDuel
OBJ Heads to Hollywood
Beckham’s final decision came down to the Rams and Green Bay Packers. Many analysts though the 29-year-old would wind up with the Packers, but he ended up choosing the Rams.
Added another Pro Bowl talent to the mix. 😏
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 11, 2021
Other teams that reportedly pursued Beckham included the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks.
The Packers have a need for a WR2 behind Davante Adams. The Rams, meanwhile, have enough receiver depth that veteran DeSean Jackson asked for and was granted his release earlier this month because of a lack of playing time and targets.
Jackson had just eight receptions for the Rams in seven games. That was the sixth-highest total on the team and fourth among wide receivers after Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Van Jefferson.
Can McVay Keep Him Happy?
The Rams are 7-2 without Beckham and quarterback Matthew Stafford is having an outstanding season after being acquired from the Detroit Lions in an offseason trade. Stafford has completed 68.2% of his passes for 2,771 yards and 23 touchdowns with six interceptions.
Kupp is having a year for the ages as his 74 receptions, 1.019 receiving yards and 10 receiving TDs all lead the NFL. Meanwhile, Woods has 45 catches for 556 yards and four scores and Jefferson has 27 receptions for 433 yards and three TDs.
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Cooper Kupp became the first player since Jerry Rice with 1,000 Rec Yds and 10 Rec TD in his team’s first 9 games. pic.twitter.com/gI1byOyvi4
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 8, 2021
That seemingly doesn’t leave a lot of targets left for Beckham. He was unhappy with getting targeted 34 times in six games with the Browns, catching 17 for 232 yards and no touchdowns.
Beckham’s father, of course, posted his infamous 11-minute video on Instagram of plays in which quarterback Baker Mayfield did not throw to his son. That put the wheels in motion for Beckham’s release.
McVay is considered a player’s coach, but he will be able to handle a potentially unhappy Beckham – and his dad? Stay tuned.
Does Beckham Add Value to the Rams Offense?
The Rams were already good without Beckham as their 7-2 record attests. At 8-1 the Phoenix Cardinals are the only team in the league with a better mark.
The Rams are fifth in the NFL in scoring with an average of 29.0 points a game. Their defense is 10th with a 21.8 mark and added linebacker Von Miller from the Denver Broncos in a trade last week to join a unit that already had two other superstars in tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
Holding Aaron Donald is not going to stop Aaron Donald 😤 pic.twitter.com/PRaWMEylVQ
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) November 8, 2021
Despite their outstanding record, the Rams are in a battle to win the NFC West as they trail the Cardinals by one game. Arizona beat the Rams 37-20 in Week 4 in Los Angeles and the teams meet again Dec. 13 in Week 14 on the Cardinals’ home field.
The Rams were already legitimate Super Bowl contenders before adding Beckham and, at best, he should make them marginally better. His addition seems almost superfluous with the way the roster is already constructed.
Injuries have taken their toll and OBJ hasn’t picked to the Pro Bowl since 2016. Thus, it’s a little hard to understand while the Rams’ odds to win the Super Bowl shortened by adding him.
Lower odds mean less value in betting the Rams.