The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to terms with free agent Odell Beckham Jr., adding another weapon to an already high-powered passing game that has flourished with first-year quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Details of the agreement were not immediately available. The Rams announced the agreement in a tweet on Thursday.
A disappointment and distraction before being released by the Cleveland Browns, Beckham cleared NFL waivers without being claimed Tuesday and was free to sign with any team.
Beckham was let go by the Browns on Monday, closing the book on a tumultuous week and his two and a half seasons with the club. He was eligible to be claimed by the other 31 teams, but none wanted to pick up the remaining $7.25 million he’s owed this season.
Beckham’s agent, Zeke Sandhu, and the Browns restructured his contract last week, dropping the final, non-guaranteed two years. Cleveland must pay him $4.25 million, but will save $3 million.
The 29-year-old former All-Pro receiver, who is coming off knee surgery, prefered to sign with a contender in order to have a shot at playing in the Super Bowl.
The Browns grew tired of Beckham’s attitude and cut ties with the three-time Pro Bowler. Although he was reunited with former LSU teammate and close friend, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, Beckham was never truly happy in Cleveland.
He asked to be traded and never developed an on-field connection with Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Beckham essentially forced his release last week when his father shared an 11-minute video on social media — hours before the trade deadline — of plays in which Mayfield didn’t pass him the ball.
That was followed by NBA superstar LeBron James tweeting his support of Beckham with the hashtag: #FREEOBJ.
The Browns excused Beckham from practice for three days while setting up the conditions for his release.
The signing of Beckham comes on the heels of the Rams acquisition of another former all-pro in linebacker Von Miller. Miller was traded by the Denver Broncos to LA last Monday in a blockbuster deal at the deadline.
Miller was unable to make his debut on Sunday Night Football against the Tennessee Titans, but is expected to play on Monday against the San Francisco 49ers.
It is unknown if Beckham can suit up in time for Monday Night Football, or if he will make his debut with the Rams on November 28 against the Green Bay Packers.
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