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Von Miller dropping big hint on social media about Bills’ future?

Von Miller at training camp

Jul 27, 2022; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) motions to the fans after a training camp session at St. John Fisher University. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Von Miller may be leaving a trail of bread crumbs about what is to come for the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills linebacker had some interesting posts to his Instagram Story this weekend. Miller shared multiple photos of himself posing with ex-teammate Odell Beckham Jr. Miller included a clock emoji on one post (as if to say “it’s time”) and captioned another one with the message “Round 2.”

For context, Saturday was the former Pro Bowler Beckham’s 30th birthday, so Miller’s posts were part of a greater show of birthday love that constituted at least ten total posts. But there definitely seemed to be something a little extra going on with the above two posts in particular.

Beckham remains unsigned as he continues to work back from his ACL tear. But a previously assumed return by Beckham to the Los Angeles Rams is no longer looking like the slam dunk that it once was. That might leave the door open for Miller and the Bills to swoop (which they have already been trying to do for the last few months).

Report names 1 ‘strong contender’ to sign Odell Beckham

Odell Beckham Jr. in a blue jersey

Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) reacts before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rumors about Odell Beckham’s future are heating up with the wide receiver possibly being cleared to get back to work within a month or so. One report Wednesday indicated one team that may be a significant factor in the process.

The Kansas City Chiefs are regarded as a “strong contender” to sign Beckham, according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network. Beckham continues to contemplate options, but the Chiefs appear to be serious about trying to bring in Beckham as additional receiving depth.

A lot of speculation has circulated around Beckham choosing to rejoin the Los Angeles Rams, but Beckham has seemed disenchanted by how contract talks have gone. That may give teams like the Chiefs an opening, and the wide receiver has signaled previously that he would listen if they came calling.

The Chiefs have a decent stable of receivers for Patrick Mahomes, but the likes of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have not totally made up for Tyreek Hill’s exit. Beckham would certainly have a shot at getting some targets in that offense were he to sign on.

Odell Beckham Jr. to be cleared later than expected?

Odell Beckham on the field for warmups

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

The Odell Beckham Jr. sweepstakes will likely begin heating up more in the next few weeks, but the veteran wide receiver may wind up playing in fewer regular-season games than expected.

Beckham has been recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered in the Super Bowl earlier this year. A recent report claimed he is aiming to return to the field at some point in mid-November. However, ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler were told by NFL executives that a more “realistic time frame” for Beckham is some point in the middle of December.

That may have a significant impact on Beckham’s free agency. While there is no question the 29-year-old can help a team once he is fully healthy, he will still need to get up to game speed. If he is not cleared for full contact until December, that would leave him very little time to prepare to play in games. Assuming OBJ signs with a contender, the first games he plays in could be quite meaningful.

Many people have assumed Beckham will eventually return to the Los Angeles Rams. However, the receiver recently gave a strong indication that he is not feeling the love from his former team.

Sean McVay responds to Odell Beckham’s contract tweets

Sean McVay on the sideline

Dec 1, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay does not sound overly concerned about comments Odell Beckham Jr. made on social media Wednesday.

Beckham seemed to suggest that he would like to be back with the Rams, but was put off by what he saw as a weak contract offer. McVay responded by hinting that any offers Beckham may have received and rejected were not final, and the process was still ongoing.

Beckham’s comments certainly injected a bit more drama into the process as he works his way back from an ACL injury. Ultimately, the wide receiver does not seem ready to sign yet anyway, and the Rams may still be the favorites.

One thing we do know is that Beckham will not settle for a team-friendly deal. This may ultimately be him laying down the gauntlet, but McVay does not appear to be too worried.

Odell Beckham drops big hint about potentially signing with Rams

Odell Beckham Jr. in a blue jersey

Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) reacts before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. seemed to cast some doubt on a potential return to the Los Angeles Rams.

Beckham remains a free agent as he works his way back to full health from an ACL tear. The Rams have been named as a possible spot for him based on his successful stint there last season, but Beckham suggested in a tweet on Wednesday that he felt snubbed by the team’s previous efforts to bring him back.

“LA knows where I wanted to be… but they didn’t offer me…. ANYthing!” Beckham told a fan on Twitter. “So it’s tough to say that I can come on back even tho I thought I finally found that home!”

Beckham makes it fairly clear that if all else is equal, he would like to be with the Rams. However, he has also made clear that he wants to be paid what he thinks he is worth. Some teams, the Rams included, may be wary of doing so after his extended spell on the sidelines.

The widespread expectation around the league appears to be that Beckham will ultimately return to the Rams. His words here may cast some doubt on that, though one good offer may be all it takes to wipe out any hard feelings.

Report: 1 team considered favorite to sign Odell Beckham

Odell Beckham Jr. in a blue jersey

Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) reacts before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As Odell Beckham Jr. moves closer to recovering from his ACL injury and joining a team, one option appears to be standing out ahead of the others.

Most NFL executives believe Beckham will ultimately rejoin the Los Angeles Rams, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. The Rams have maintained good relations with Beckham and are familiar with his physical health, and he already has a rapport with Matthew Stafford and Sean McVay. The team also has the cap space to make Beckham a competitive offer.

Beckham joined the Rams midseason in 2021 and caught five touchdowns in eight regular season games. He added two more in the playoffs before suffering his knee injury in the Super Bowl, which the Rams went on to win.

The Rams have started off 2-3, which may pose a problem in their efforts to acquire Beckham. However, they have familiarity on their side, which may be enough to seal the deal.

Report reveals potential Odell Beckham Jr. return date

Odell Beckham Jr. in a blue jersey

Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) reacts before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Much has been said about who Odell Beckham Jr. will play for once he fully recovers from his ACL injury. However, it is still unknown when Beckham will actually be able to play. On Sunday, however, we got a potential hint on that answer.

Beckham is targeting a mid-November return to action, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. With that in mind, Beckham is not expected to sign anytime soon, and will likely wait until he is closer to being ready to choose his destination. That raises the potential of a real competition to sign the wide receiver at a point in the season when that sort of help is rarely available.

Where Beckham ultimately plays remains a mystery. It is no secret that he wants to land with a contender, and recently seemed to indicate five teams on his radar.

Beckham certainly has the potential to provide a huge boost wherever he lands. The 29-year-old certainly bolstered the Los Angeles Rams upon signing last year, catching five touchdown passes in eight games. Plenty of teams would covet that kind of output late in the season, so interest should be high.

Odell Beckham hints at 5 teams he would sign with

Odell Beckham Jr. in a blue jersey

Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) reacts before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. remains a free agent as he continues to rehab the torn ACL he suffered in the Super Bowl. On Thursday, however, the wide receiver offered his clearest hint yet of which teams he might like to sign with once he feels ready to do so.

In a Twitter interaction with ex-NFL player and ESPN analyst Marcus Spears, Beckham seemingly confirmed five teams he is interested in. When Spears named the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills, and Baltimore Ravens, Beckham indicated that they were on the same page.

None of these teams count as a major surprise. All are strong contenders for a Super Bowl and could likely find a role for Beckham within their offense. That is particularly true of the Packers and Bills, both of whom could use some depth at the wide receiver position. The Packers are particularly intriguing, as Aaron Rodgers has indicated that he’d love to play with Beckham.

The Rams may still be the front-runners, as Beckham knows and appreciates the organization. However, one major factor may be decisive in whether a reunion there is plausible.

Von Miller recruiting 1 ex-teammate to join Bills

Von Miller at training camp

Jul 27, 2022; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) motions to the fans after a training camp session at St. John Fisher University. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Von Miller is recruiting one of his former teammates to join his new team.

Miller told reporters on Wednesday that he has kept in touch with Odell Beckham Jr., with whom he was teammates on the Los Angeles Rams last season.

Miller shared that Beckham is going on a free agency tour, visiting with numerous teams as he prepares to make a decision about his future.

Beckham is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Rams’ Super Bowl win in February. He should be ready to join a team in Week 10 or 11 and is beginning the process of deciding where to sign.

Numerous teams are in pursuit of Beckham. The New York Giants have entertained the idea of a reunion with Beckham. The Rams want to bring him back. And another star quarterback recently said he hopes to team with the former Pro Bowl receiver.

The Bills are 3-1 and look like a Super Bowl contender, which would make them attractive to any free agent looking to win. Beckham, who turns 30 in November, had 5 touchdowns in 8 regular season games with the Rams last season.

Aaron Rodgers admits he wants to play with 1 star WR

Aaron Rodgers ready to throw

Photo Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers have struggled to find their rhythm on offense after trading Davante Adams, and it sounds like Aaron Rodgers thinks one available player may be able to help the team.

Odell Beckham Jr. took to Twitter to praise Rodgers during Green Bay’s overtime win over the New England Patriots on Sunday. The reigning NFL MVP was asked about that during his latest appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” He admitted that he would like to play with Beckham.

“Odell and I have been friends for a number of years now, so we keep in contact often. We’ve talked various times over the years,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, with a player like that, you’re always hoping that there’s a time where you can figure things out and play together.”

You can hear Rodgers’ full response below, but beware that the clip contains inappropriate language:

The Packers were linked to OBJ last year after the Cleveland Browns cut him. One report claimed Green Bay was Beckham’s preferred landing spot. Adams was still in the picture at the time, so the Packers had less of a need at wide receiver.

Beckham is making his way back from a torn ACL he suffered in the Super Bowl. If he is healthy, the Packers should consider taking a close look at him. Rodgers can only do so much with Allen Lazard as his top target in the passing game.

It is no secret that Beckham wants to return to the Los Angeles Rams, but there is one thing they may need to do in order to re-sign him.