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Von Miller has message after Odell Beckham Jr. joins Rams

Von Miller on the practice field

Von Miller worked hard to bring Odell Beckham Jr. to the Los Angeles Rams, and now he’s ready to reap the rewards.

Miller essentially confirmed that the Rams would be signing Beckham by posting an Instagram image of the two video chatting. The caption sent a clear message, both to Beckham and the rest of the league: “Let’s chase this ring family!!!!”

If it wasn’t already obvious, the Rams are going all out in 2021. They already added Miller via trade earlier this month. Adding Beckham is arguably an even bigger statement of intent.

Miller was pretty actively involved in recruiting Beckham to Los Angeles. It’s not clear how big a role that played in the wide receiver’s final decision, but it certainly couldn’t have hurt.

Photo: Jun 1, 2021; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) during organized team activities at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James reacts to Odell Beckham Jr. signing with Rams

LeBron James in his Lakers uniform

LeBron James sounds pretty pleased that another sports superstar is making the move from Cleveland to Los Angeles like he did.

Former Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Rams. He joins a loaded Super Bowl favorite that already acquired former Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller earlier this month to go along with stars on both sides of the ball like Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp.

The Los Angeles Lakers star James seemed hyped in a tweet about the move.

“Welcome to LA my brother @obj!” James wrote. “It’s GO TIME!!”

James never overlapped with Beckham in Cleveland. The four-time MVP James had already left the Cavaliers in 2018 before Beckham went to the Browns in 2019. But the two are still close friends. In addition to Beckham having appeared on James’ HBO show “The Shop,” James recently tweeted for Beckham to be freed amid the former All-Pro’s drama with the Browns. Beckham has also showed love to James with touchdown celebrations.

The two players will both now be competing for rings this season with their respective teams in Los Angeles, and James sounds thrilled to see it.

Photo: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. signs with Rams

Odell Beckham Jr at the LSU game

We have a winner in the Odell Beckham Jr. sweepstakes.

Beckham agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, according to multiple reports. There was initially some confusion after the star receiver reportedly told NFL Network’s Kim Jones that he is choosing between the Rams and Green Bay Packers, but all signs point to Beckham joining the Rams. They even shared the news on their official website.

Jalen Ramsey was also quick to celebrate his team’s acquisition on Twitter.

The Rams have shown this season that they are committed to contending for a Super Bowl. They’re already one of the best teams in football, and they made a big trade to acquire star pass-rusher Von Miller before the trade deadline last week. They’re now adding Beckham to an outstanding wide receiver corps that features Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.

Beckham reportedly received big recruiting pitches from two teams on Wednesday. Another coach was said to “badly” want him. The Rams managed to keep their interest in Beckham fairly quiet.

It will be interesting to see how Beckham performs as the second or third option in his team’s offense. He was frustrated with his lack of opportunities in Cleveland, and there are a lot of mouths to feed in L.A. If he’s truly committed to helping a title contender, none of that should matter.

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. planning to wait to sign with team?

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

Odell Beckham Jr. has drawn interest from multiple teams since he cleared waivers this week, and many have expected a decision from the star wide receiver by the end of the week. Apparently that may not happen.

According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, teams that have spoken with Beckham have gotten the impression that OBJ may wait until Week 10 is complete to sign somewhere. That, of course, would cost him some money, as he would be giving up a potential game check.

It’s unclear why Beckham would want to wait. He is said to be intent on playing for a contender, so perhaps he wants to take a little more time to see how teams look. Or, it’s possible that he hasn’t received as much interest as he would like and is hoping to drum up more. If certain teams struggle in Week 10 or players get injured, there might be more of a market for the 29-year-old.

Beckham reportedly got strong recruiting pitches from at least two teams on Wednesday. One Super Bowl-winning coach supposedly “badly” wants to sign Beckham, though it’s hard to separate rumor from reality.

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

Watch: Ex-Patriot does funny impression of Bill Belichick’s pitch to Odell Beckham

Bill Belichick

The New England Patriots have been mentioned as a possibility for Odell Beckham Jr., and Bill Belichick is said to be enamored with the idea of signing the star receiver. If that’s true, former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich has an idea of how Belichick’s phone call to Beckham might have gone.

Ninkovich, who spent eight seasons with the Patriots, was asked on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Thursday to reenact a hypothetical phone conversation between Belichick and OBJ. The two-time Super Bowl champion did not disappoint.

Spot on.

A report on Wednesday claimed Belichick “badly” wants Beckham. The Patriots could certainly use a wide receiver to stretch the field, but it would be risky to pair Beckham with a rookie quarterback. He also probably would not get the type of volume he wants from Mac Jones.

Beckham has supposedly received strong pitches from at least two other teams. It sounds like he has drawn substantial interest since clearing waivers.

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. reportedly gets recruiting pitches from two big names

Odell Beckham after a game

Unsurprisingly, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is attracting plenty of interest as he makes his free agent decision. Part of that interest is coming in the form of high-profile recruiting calls.

According to Jordan Schultz of ESPN, Beckham has heard from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton to try to convince the wide receiver to join their respective teams.

Based on other reporting, one of those two teams is not on Beckham’s final list of destinations. Perhaps that sparked the phone call in the first place. Another team is said to be very interested as well.

There is no timetable for Beckham to make his decision. The wide receiver prefers a contender, and presumably one where he’ll have a key role in the offense. He was probably given assurances of that by Wilson and Payton.

Photo: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returns to MetLife Stadium for the first time since he was traded by the New York Giants. The New York Jets lose to the Cleveland Browns, 23-3, in NFL Week 2 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford. Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com, North Jersey Record via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Report: Super Bowl-winning coach ‘badly’ wants Odell Beckham Jr

Odell Beckham Jr at the LSU game

The market for Odell Beckham Jr. is starting to take shape now that he is officially a free agent, and at least one AFC team is reportedly making a big effort to sign him.

A source told ESPN’s Jordan Schultz on Wednesday that the New England Patriots are making a “strong push” to sign Beckham. Bill Belichick is said to want to star wide receiver “badly.”

That is not the first we have heard of the Patriots having interest in Beckham. Adam Schefter said on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” this week that New England is in the mix for OBJ.

Belichick has a long history of buying low on talented players. He did so in the past with Pro Bowlers like Randy Moss and Corey Dillon, so it would not be a surprise if he wanted to make Beckham his next reclamation project.

Beckham wants to play for a contender, and the Patriots have reestablished themselves as one with three consecutive wins. One concern for them would be pairing Beckham with a rookie quarterback in Mac Jones, but Belichick would probably be confident he can get Beckham to buy into the “Patriot Way.”

There have been numerous reports about Beckham’s preferences. He is said to be focusing on three teams, and the Patriots are not one of them. Perhaps that will change if Belichick makes a strong pitch.

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

Bruce Arians has great response to question about Odell Beckham Jr.

Bruce Arians

Odell Beckham Jr. seems to have a good relationship with Tom Brady, which is why there has been some speculation that the star wide receiver might be a fit for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Head coach Bruce Arians says that is not going to happen, and he has a pretty humorous reason why.

Arians was asked on Wednesday if the Bucs have interest in signing Beckham, who became a free agent after he cleared waivers on Tuesday. The coach said they are not because they already have “too many letters” with their receiving corps.

“Too many letters. I’ve already got A.B. I don’t need OBJ,” Arians joked.

Arians was obviously being funny, but it’s interesting that the idea of signing Beckham immediately made him think of Brown. That probably isn’t a coincidence, as Brown and Beckham are both viewed as having difficult personalities to manage. Brown has had far more off-field issues than Beckham, but there’s an element of risk that comes with signing either player. Arians probably doesn’t want two receivers with so-called “baggage.”

Beckham is reportedly focusing on three teams now that he is a free agent, and the Bucs aren’t one of them. That’s likely because they aren’t interested.

Report: Odell Beckham Jr. has narrowed decision to 3 teams

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

Odell Beckham Jr. officially cleared waivers on Tuesday, meaning he is a free agent and can sign with any team. The star wide receiver is expected to make a decision in the near future, and he is said to be focusing on only a few teams.

Beckham has his sights set on the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini. It’s unclear if those are merely the three teams Beckham would want to join or if all three teams are willing to sign him.

There have been numerous reports about Beckham’s preferences. This isn’t the first time we have heard that the Packers are one of his top choices.

Beckham wants to play for a contender. That doesn’t mean all contending teams are interested in signing him. While he is incredibly talented, OBJ has a reputation for being a tough personality to manage. He has also suffered numerous injuries in recent years and was not all that productive during his time with the Cleveland Browns.

We’ve already heard some troubling talk about Beckham potentially creating issues for his next team, so that is something that will likely be taken into consideration.

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

Report: Odell Beckham Jr has sights set on one team

Odell Beckham after a game

Odell Beckham Jr. was officially waived by the Cleveland Browns on Monday, and teams now have until Tuesday afternoon to place a claim for the star wide receiver. If Beckham clears waivers and becomes a free agent, he may set his sights on one team.

ESPN’s Jordan Schultz reported on Tuesday that Beckham has made the Green Bay Packers a priority should he clear waivers.

The interest would have to be mutual, of course. Green Bay is off to a 7-2 start, and they would probably be 8-1 had Aaron Rodgers not tested positive for COVID-19. The Packers already have one of the best wide receivers in the game in Davante Adams, and they may not want to bring in a big personality like Beckham at this point in the season.

There have also been several reports about Beckham’s preferences. Sources told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that Beckham wants to sign with a different NFC team.

Baker Mayfield had some issues with Beckham on the field. It’s probably best for Beckham to play with an older, more established quarterback. Rodgers would certainly fit that description, but the Packers may not want to mess with their chemistry given how good they have looked.

Photo: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returns to MetLife Stadium for the first time since he was traded by the New York Giants. The New York Jets lose to the Cleveland Browns, 23-3, in NFL Week 2 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford. Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com, North Jersey Record via Imagn Content Services, LLC