What’s next for Odell Beckham Jr., after Friday’s workout?

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Free-agent receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. worked out on Friday for any and all interested teams. A dozen showed up.

So here’s the next question. Will Beckham continue to decline to work out for individual teams, at their facilities?

During his three-team tour late in the 2022 regular season, Beckham declined to get on the field for the Bills, Giants, or Cowboys. (The Bills and Giants showed up for the session; the Cowboys didn’t.)

It’s unusual for a player to hold a joint workout for any and all teams. Colin Kaepernick did it more than three years ago (after the league tried to set it up and the two sides couldn’t agree on the terms of a waiver) due to concerns that, if an individual team brought him in, there would or could be sharp blowback from 30 percent or so of the fanbase.

For Beckham, there’s no such concern. Instead, the implicit message from Beckham could be that he shouldn’t have to do it, given his past accomplishments and his ongoing celebrity.

That may not get him the contract he covets. Last year, at least one report pegged his expectations at $20 million per year. It would be a surprise if anyone gives him that now, even if he supplements yesterday’s come one/come all workout with individual performances.

The performances that truly matter will happen on a football field. In 2023. It likely will take a one-year deal now, with the hope of setting himself up for a multi-year deal later.

There’s also a chance that, if appearances matter to Odell (and they quite possibly do), he’ll sign a multi-year deal that will be widely reported by the no-questions-asked crowd as, say, five years, $100 million, but that will actually be something like a one-year, $7 million contract with a team option after one year to unlock up to three real years followed by a phony final year that pushes the total average to $20 million annually.

Regardless, if the goal was to parlay one workout on, by all appearances, a single day’s notice, into the contract offer he has yet to receive, that likely won’t be happening — unless, again, he signs a deal that creates a flurry of $20 MILLION PER YEAR! headlines but that is something more closely aligned with his current reality, as a 31-year-old receiver who is barely a year removed from a second ACL tear, and whose best NFL days quite possibly are fading into the rear-view mirror.

Before he gets what he apparently wants, he’ll need to prove that: (1) his age is just a number; (2) his knee is fully healthy; and (3) he’s still capable of doing the things he used to do.

18 responses to “What’s next for Odell Beckham Jr., after Friday’s workout?

  1. You neglect to mention one important thing-who the hell would want to put up with this conceded clown!

  2. Maybe his next team’s coaching staff can teach Odell Beckham jr. how to run a crisp clean disciplined route 8-9 yrs into his career.

  3. Whatever team that signs him will likely be doing so at the direction of the owner, as a means to generate interest from the fair weather “fans” that care about his “celebrity” status! It would not be for football reasons!

  4. The odds of him playig a full season or even making it to the playoffs unless you bubble wrap him are slim to none. No other WR who has put up the numbers he has over the last 4 years would get his own articles on here 3X a day. Obj is washed, now you say it Florio.

  5. OBJ sells tickets He did it in NY in his hay days & might just do it again? One team like the NY giants might want him to do just that, SELL TICKETS & His Jersey

  6. One way to see how good a player is would be to average his stats, taking away his best and worst year. By that metric here are his average season stats: 676 yd / 6 TD / 13.6 ypc. For the most part these stats are bloated by the 1st 3 years of his career. He is a New York media hype, mostly based on the incredible catch against the Cowboys. At $20,000,000 a year that would be $3,333,333 a TD. Good work if you can find it.

  7. Can’t imagine the Giants buying in after the recently ended “Kenny Golladay Experience”. The new regime isn’t beholding to old sentiments.

  8. I love how Florio has changed his tune. Last season he had Beckham possibly signing for huge sums. Now, the obvious truth has set in.

  9. A maybe number 3 on a very average team. Not going to see more than a 1 year deal.

  10. Even if his current health appears to be good, Beckham will still have to demonstrate the ability to stay healthy. Things may be different now after a successful 2nd ACL surgery while with the Rams. The 1st surgery apparently was botched by a non-Browns doctor.
    Beckham will have to live with a prove-it contract; lower in base value, higher incentives.

  11. Is it possible that OBJ and LJ are competing to see which one of them can fulfill the most unrealistic expectations?

  12. What’s next? Scraping Dorito crumbs off of his stomach while he watches football on his gigantic flat screen TV, I guess.

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