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Davante Adams had funny zinger for Odell Beckham Jr.

Prior to signing with the Los Angeles Rams earlier this year, Odell Beckham Jr. was serious about potentially joining the Green Bay Packers. That didn’t happen and on Sunday, OBJ went up against the Packers and fellow wide receiver Davante Adams.

In the end, Green Bay held onto a 36-28 victory. That sent Los Angeles to 7-4 on the season and 0-3 since Beckham arrived.

But struggling at Lambeau Field is nothing new for Beckham. During his last trip there — a 2016 wild-card game as a member of the New York Giants — OBJ came up small. The Giants were ousted from the playoffs and in a moment of frustration, Beckham put his fist through a locker-room wall.

Despite being sent home with another loss on Sunday, Beckham, who hauled in five receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown, was much more subdued this time around. But that didn’t stop Davante Adams from poking a little fun at him.

Following the game, Adams sent his jersey to the Rams’ locker-room for Beckham with one simple message: No more drywall damage, please.

That jab from Adams came in the aftermath of another haymaker he took at Beckham just days earlier.

“We did talk two days ago, he said he needed a jersey after the game. I told him ‘go get a Cooper Kupp jersey’ since that’s obviously his guy and that’s who he wanted to be with,” Adams told Michael Irvin, referencing OBJ’s decision to sign with the Rams over the Packers.

In the end, it was all in good fun. More fun for Adams than Beckham, but fun for both nonetheless.

“That’s my guy, man. I love Odell. I think he would’ve been a great fit here but I wish nothing but the best for him,” Adams said.

Odell Beckham Jr. planning creative move with Rams salary

Odell Beckham Jr at the LSU game

Odell Beckham Jr. is only on a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams, but he is doing his best to make the most of it.

The star receiver announced in a tweet Monday that he will be receiving his salary from the Rams in Bitcoin. The move is part of a partnership between Beckham and mobile payment service Cash App. He will also be giving away a total of $1 million in Bitcoin to fans pursuant to the partnership.

Beckham is making $750,000 in base salary from the Rams this season with an additional $500,000 signing bonus. His contract with the team also contains another $3 million in incentives.

We previously learned that Beckham’s contract played a part in his ending up with the Rams instead of another top NFC team. With this latest move, it looks like the three-time Pro Bowler will be trying to maximize every penny of that contract.

Photo: Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers former player Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance before the College Football Playoff national championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr, girlfriend Lauren Wood make big announcement

Odell Beckham and Lauren Wood pose together

Odell Beckham Jr. has had some major changes in his life recently, but the biggest one is coming in the near feature.

Beckham’s longtime girlfriend, fitness trainer and Instagram model Lauren Wood, shared some photos on Sunday that revealed she is pregnant. The Los Angeles Rams star was among those who commented on the photos of him and Wood, writing, “Can’t wait baby!” You can see the photos below:

This has obviously been a big year for Beckham. Not only has he joined a Super Bowl contender, he is also expecting his first child.

Wood and Beckham have been together for quite some time. If you remember, Wood had a funny reaction to a wild internet rumor about OBJ last year. We wish them all the best.

Rams had to beat out NFC rivals to land Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr at the LSU game

The Los Angeles Rams ultimately landed wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., but it sounds like part of the reason they did was down to who else had interest.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Seattle Seahawks actually made the strongest offer to Beckham in the early stages of his free agency. When the Arizona Cardinals also showed interest, the Rams decided to step up their pursuit, partly to prevent Beckham from landing with an NFC West rival.

Maybe that’s why Pete Carroll seemed so confident about a Beckham pursuit at first.

Ultimately, while it wasn’t a deciding factor, Beckham certainly considered contractual matters when hunting for a new team. That may have been the undoing of one other interested team.

Photo: Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers former player Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance before the College Football Playoff national championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

How the Lions played role in Rams signing Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

Shortly after being waived by the Cleveland Browns, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. ended up with the Los Angeles Rams. It was reportedly a desired destination for Beckham, but a dream that almost didn’t come to fruition.

While appearing on The Dan Patrick Podcast, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said the Rams didn’t become involved in the Odell pursuit until midway through the process. The reason? The Rams were holding out on another potential waiver claim.

“I would say close. The question was all along if L.A. had an opportunity that’s where he was going to go. I would say [Los Angeles wasn’t involved] until mid-way through the process,” Payton told Patrick.

Los Angeles had placed a claim on former Tennessee Titans receiver Josh Reynolds and were waiting for the process to play out. The Rams were familiar with Reynolds, who played for the team from 2017 through 2020. The Rams lost Reynolds to the Detroit Lions, who were higher on the waiver priority list. It’s no surprise Detroit claimed Reynolds considering the former Rams who are now part of the Lions’ front office.

After the Lions scooped up Reynolds, the Rams dove in on Beckham. The rest, as they say, is history.

Los Angeles inked Beckham to a one-year, fully guaranteed $1.25 million deal. He caught two receptions on three targets for 18 yards in his debut with the team — a 31-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Image: Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Payton says Saints were ‘close’ to signing star wide receiver

Sean Payton

Odell Beckham Jr. chose to sign with the Los Angeles Rams after they, along with the Green Bay Packers, were said to be one of two finalists. However, we learned on Thursday that another top NFC team was squarely in the mix.

Sean Payton was asked on “The Dan Patrick Show” Thursday if he felt the New Orleans Saints were close to signing Beckham. The coach said he had productive conversations with OBJ and feels the Pro Bowler gave the Saints serious consideration.

“We had good conversations. He’s from here. Only he could answer that, but I felt really positive. … I would say close,” Patrick said. “All along if L.A. had an opportunity, I knew that was where he was gonna go. I don’t think L.A. was an option until really, maybe, the middle of the process. I would say fairly close, but I think only he would be able to answer that.”

Payton was then asked if he thinks the Saints would have had a better shot at landing Beckham if Brees were still their quarterback. He said he thinks Beckham was set on L.A. regardless once the Rams entered the fold.

Beckham supposedly preferred to sign with a team other than the Rams, but L.A. made the best offer. Payton, obviously, believes the Rams were at the top of OBJ’s list.

49ers defender vows payback on Odell Beckham Jr. during next meeting

Odell Beckham Jr at the LSU game

It did not take long for Odell Beckham Jr. to make the first enemy of his Los Angeles Rams career.

After the Rams lost to the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers on Monday, 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward made clear that he was not pleased about Beckham’s hard hit on his opening-drive interception of Matthew Stafford.

“I was just thinking about how Odell came and hit me,” said Ward. “How I’m going to have to pay him back next time I see him. I’ve been waiting a long time to hit him, so hopefully I can catch him.”

Ward has been with the 49ers for his entire career, so it is not like this was two former teammates playfully joking around. You can also see in the video of his remarks below that Ward certainly did not appear to be lighthearted.

Granted, it did not seem like there was anything particularly flagrant about the hit by Beckham. He was making a football play attempting to jar the ball loose and did not do anything dirty like lead with the helmet. It was a clean shoulder-pad-to-shoulder-pad hit from the looks of it.

Ward has his interpretation of how the play went down though and will look forward to San Francisco’s next meeting with the Rams in Week 18. It was definitely a bit strange for Ward to come at Beckham for the hit though, especially because Ward is known as a hard-hitter himself.

Photo: Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers former player Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance before the College Football Playoff national championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Aikman: Matthew Stafford already feeling ‘pressure’ from Odell Beckham

Troy Aikman in a suit

Odell Beckham Jr. was part of a blowout loss in his first game with the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. The team is hoping better days lay ahead, but Troy Aikman sounds quite skeptical.

During an appearance on 96.7 The Ticket in Dallas on Tuesday, Aikman said he wonders if the big trades the Rams recently made “shook the chemistry and foundation” of their team. He got that impression while watching them in their 31-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

“You bring in just one (new) player into the locker room, it can change the dynamic of a locker room,” Aikman said, as transcribed by Mark Lane of The Texans Wire.

Aikman added that bringing in players like Beckham and Von Miller leads to other starters losing their jobs. He said that can create “cliques,” which is “what I sensed last night.”

You could argue that Aikman is jumping to conclusions too quickly, but he didn’t stop there. He also pointed out how Matthew Stafford threw an interception on the opening drive on a pass intended for Beckham. He speculated that Stafford could already have been feeling some of the pressure that Baker Mayfield felt with the Cleveland Browns.

“I think Matthew now feels some of the pressure that maybe Baker Mayfield felt of, ‘Hey, we’ve got to get this guy involved, or he’s in the game right now because he’s going to take his deep route and I’ve got to find a way to get this ball in his hands because that’s why he’s playing on this play,'” Aikman said. “It’s not good and it’s not good playing quarterback when you feel pressure to get the ball to one particular player. It just doesn’t work.”

That’s a lot to take away from Beckham’s first game with the Rams. In addition to trying to incorporate Beckham into the playbook, Stafford and the Rams were also playing without Robert Woods, who tore his ACL in practice last week. They will need some time to adjust to that, too.

One Browns player seemingly issued a warning for the Rams after they signed Beckham. It sounds like Aikman agrees.

Photo: Nov 21, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys former quarterback Troy Aikman attends the NFL game between the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr could be used in unexpected role with Rams

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

The Los Angeles Rams could lean on Odell Beckham Jr. even more heavily than expected now that Robert Woods suffered a season-ending knee injury, and they may ask their new receiver to do more than just catch passes.

The Rams have discussed the possibility of using Beckham as a punt returner, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. They have designed a package of plays for Beckham for their Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers, and some of those plays could include returning punts.

Beckham returned punts early in his career with the New York Giants. He was used as a punt returner just once in two-plus seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

The Rams got some bad news over the weekend when tests revealed that Woods tore his ACL in Friday’s practice. Woods is a huge part of L.A.’s passing game and had five touchdown receptions in his last six games.

It would be somewhat surprising if the Rams use Beckham much on special teams. He’s suddenly their No. 2 receiver, so it will be important to protect his health.

Photo: Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. thanks Cleveland Browns in classy note

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

Odell Beckham Jr. forced his way out of Cleveland and has signed with the Los Angeles Rams. Though he had to resort to some dirty tactics to get the Browns to cut him, he still has love for the team and organization.

Beckham shared a photo of a handwritten note to his Twitter account Saturday in which he expressed gratitude towards the Browns.

Beckham addressed the note to “Believeland.” He included many capital letters where they didn’t belong, all of which are included below.

“So many emotions running through me as I move on to the next chapter of my journey,” he began.

“I want to thank the city of Cleveland for welcoming me with open arms. My goal was always to help bring a championship to the city of Cleveland from the first day I became a member of the Cleveland Browns.

“Through all the ups and downs, injuries and rehab, I am forever grateful to have played in front of some of the Greatest Fans Ever. DAWG Pound I thank you for embracing me and showing me so much LOVE!

“Mr. and Mrs. Haslam I thank you for giving me an opportunity to be a member of your great organization.

“To the entire Browns Front Office, support staff, and Organization, THANK YOU for everything that you have done for my family and I. I appreciate you more than you will ever know.

“Love to all my Coaches and Teammates, it was an honor and a privilege to have taken the field with you and to call you all my Family.

“Yall (sic) boys are 4lifers with me!!! Mean that from my Soul,” Beckham wrote.

Then he addressed a specific part of his note to Jarvis “Juice” Landry.

“MY Brother Juice

“We have been blessed to have played together at the highest levels. Thank you for always pushing me to be the best man and player that I can be. You’re Truly a Gift from GOD. I know Gods Plan Never Fails.

“With LOVE and Gratitude, OBJ.”

That was a nice and classy note from Beckham. He did what he had to do to get to a better situation for himself. His career in Cleveland didn’t go as he hoped. But in the end, he still has love for the team, fans and city. It’s nice of him to show that.

Now Beckham is ready for chapter three of his NFL career, which is with the Rams, a team he chose for good reasons.

Photo: Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports