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Odell Beckham Jr. makes two big announcements with Instagram post

Odell Beckham in Rams gear

Odell Beckham Jr. has experienced a whirlwind of emotions since the Super Bowl, and the star wide receiver is even more thankful for something that happened days after the Los Angeles Rams’ big win.

Beckham revealed on Instagram late Tuesday night that he and his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Wood, welcomed their first child. The baby, Zydn, was born on Feb. 17 — four days after Super Bowl LVI. Beckham suffered a torn ACL in that game, and he also wrote in his Instagram post that his “surgery was a success.”

You can see the post and photos below:

Beckham caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl that gave the Rams an early lead over the Cincinnati Bengals. He then suffered a non-contact injury that turned out to be a torn ACL. Beckham broke down in tears after the game, which you can see here.

Beckham is set to become a free agent, and his latest major injury has created some uncertainty for him. However, one Rams star is already pressuring the team to bring OBJ back. There should be plenty of motivation on both sides to get a new deal done.

Photo: 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

Two Rams players earned massive bonuses during Super Bowl run

Odell Beckham Jr at the LSU game

The Los Angeles Rams have plenty of reasons to celebrate their big win in Super Bowl LVI, but two of their players had a lot more riding on the game than their teammates.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and veteran offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth earned huge incentive bonuses during the Rams’ postseason run. Each player on the team got $300,000 in bonus money when all was said and done, but Beckham and Whitworth made much more. Beckham took home an extra $3 million and Whitworth made $1.5 million.

Beckham gambled on himself by signing with the Rams after the Cleveland Browns waived him, and it paid off. He was only guaranteed $1.25 million, but he made a lot more than that by helping L.A. win a championship.

Of course, Beckham did suffer a knee injury during Sunday night’s game that appears to be serious. That could impact his next contract, as he is set to become a free agent.

Either way, Beckham clearly made the right choice when he chose the Rams. He and Whitworth should be very happy with their extra cash.

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

Extent of Odell Beckham Jr’s knee injury revealed

Odell Beckham in Rams gear

Odell Beckham Jr. left Super Bowl LVI on Sunday night with what looked to be a serious knee injury, and unfortunately reports have indicated that was the case.

The Los Angeles Rams believe Beckham suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Beckham left in the second quarter of the Rams’ 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He immediately grabbed at his left knee after planting awkwardly while trying to catch a pass.

Beckham played a key role in the game prior to his exit. He caught a touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford in the first quarter to put the Rams up 7-0. He broke down in tears after the win.

Photo: 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. breaks down in tears after Super Bowl win

Odell Beckham crying

Odell Beckham Jr. could not keep it together after the Los Angeles Rams clinched the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Beckham joined the Rams midseason after leaving the Cleveland Browns, and had a huge impact on the offense. He even caught the game’s first touchdown Sunday against the Bengals, However, a significant-looking knee injury forced him to watch the entire second half from the sidelines.

That did not seem to matter at the end of the game, when cameras captured an incredibly emotional Beckham crying tears of joy on the sideline.

Beckham already loved his time with the Rams. Now he’s helped them to a Super Bowl title that is clearly very meaningful to him. Despite his injury, he played a significant role in a win he will definitely remember forever.

Odell Beckham appears to suffer non-contact knee injury

Odell Beckham injury

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham appeared to suffer a non-contact injury during the second quarter of the Super Bowl.

Beckham was trying to catch a Matthew Stafford pass when he crumpled to the field in significant pain. Beckham immediately grabbed at his left knee.

Notably, this is the same knee where Beckham suffered a torn ACL in 2020, which kept him out for the first part of the 2021 season.

Beckham had to be helped off the field and was not putting much weight on the left leg as he departed. He was initially taken to the medical tent before being moved to the locker room.

The veteran receiver had been off to a great start in the game, and caught the first touchdown to put the Rams ahead 7-0.

Odell Beckham Jr. answers whether he would take pay cut to remain with Rams

Odell Beckham in Rams gear

Odell Beckham Jr. has forced his way out of two organizations during his career. In both situations, he placed the blame on everyone but himself. But now that he’s with the Los Angeles Rams and headed to the Super Bowl, he feels right “at home.”

That’s a significant admission for Beckham, who very nearly passed over the Rams in favor of the New England Patriots or New Orleans Saints upon clearing waivers this season. In the end however, OBJ made the right choice and hitched his wagon to a Super Bowl-bound team out of sheer luck.

But will that ride in Los Angeles continue after Sunday?

Beckham is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. Following his career resurgence, he is likely to draw the interest of several teams. And those teams could very well throw a boatload of cash at him. That, of course, is problematic for the Rams, who are projected to be more than $8.5 million over the 2022 cap.

So, would Beckham do something he’s never done before and take a pay cut to help a team out? Without the offers flowing in and no immediate temptation to consider, Beckham says yes.

“Yeah, of course! This place, it feels good in my heart. It feels like a home,” Beckham said during a media availability session for the Super Bowl

Los Angeles feels like home for Beckham because he’s no longer the lightning rod he was in Cleveland or New York. Now, he’s just a secondary option at wide receiver on a team littered with superstar talent. He doesn’t have to shoulder the pressure of lifting everyone up, and his miscues no longer get thrust under a microscope and picked apart.

Life is easier for Beckham in Los Angeles. But the Benjamins talk, and at 29 years old, the opportunities for big-money, long-term contracts are running out. That’s something Beckham’s agent is likely to remind him come March, so we’ll see if he stays true to his word and gives the Rams a discount.

Photo: 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. has honest assessment of Browns departure

Odell Beckham Jr at the LSU game

Odell Beckham Jr. endured a somewhat tumultuous exit from the Cleveland Browns earlier in the season. For the first time, he admitted that things could have ended differently between himself and the organization.

Beckham said Friday he regretted that he did not get “closure” or say goodbye to his teammates. He also hinted that much of his departure was “out of my control,” which made it impossible to say farewell on his own terms.

“One of the biggest regrets that I have about the way things ended is I just didn’t get — it’s like having a breakup but there really was no closure and it’s kind of just like you go, that’s just it,” Beckham said, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “One thing I’ve always been big on in my life is closure. Because I feel like if doors are not closed, they’re always still open. Just having to leave, leave these guys that are your brothers, you have lifetime friendships with, and it just happened so abruptly. A lot of things were out of my control. By the time I woke up, the video was already posted, it just was unfortunate. Sometimes things go that way in life and you just have to roll with the punches. I just think about, here I am now and just making the most of the opportunity that I have.”

The video Beckham is referring to is one his father shared on Instagram depicting Baker Mayfield either missing or not throwing to an open Beckham. That video helped accelerate the wide receiver’s departure, though it certainly seemed to contribute to decaying relationships with some teammates.

Whatever Beckham’s regrets, he got his wish at the time. Now he’ll be playing for a Super Bowl. In the end, that is the most important part for him, not how it went down.

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

Drake making massive Super Bowl bet on Odell Beckham, Rams

Rapper Drake in a suit

Though he is not among the performers at this year’s Super Bowl, Drake may definitely have the most to gain from it.

The Grammy-winning rap artist revealed on Instagram this week that he is making a huge bet on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI. In Canadian dollars, Drake is betting $600,000 on the Rams moneyline, $500,000 on Rams receiver Odell Beckham to go over 62.5 yards receiving, and another $500,000 on Beckham to score a touchdown. That is a total of $1.6 million in Canadian dollars, equivalent to over $1.25 million in US dollars.

With an estimated net worth of $200 million and counting (in US dollars), this is probably just play money for Drake. The “Take Care” star is known for living the high life and sitting courtside at many marquee sporting events, so why not casually plunk down a million-plus on a Super Bowl bet?

Of course, this may be a bad sign for the Rams if you believe in the notorious “Drake Curse.” After all, Drake has already taken down a number of different teams he has rooted for, including some in the NFL too.

Photo: Jun 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Canadian rapper Drake poses for photos on the red carpet before the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham surprised by ex-Browns teammate during Super Bowl media day

Odell Beckham in Rams gear

Odell Beckham Jr. was part of a very cool moment Monday when one of his former Cleveland Browns teammates surprised him during his media day availability.

Beckham was fielding questions when Jarvis Landry surprisingly hopped on the line. Landry said he didn’t actually have a question for his fellow receiver, instead praising Beckham for battling through adversity. Landry concluded by telling Beckham: “I love you. Go get that ring.”

Beckham was visibly touched by the support and even went as far to say that other than his own father, nobody had done more for him or helped him more than Landry had.

Landry and Beckham go way back. They played together at LSU before heading to the NFL together and wound up reuniting with the Browns. Their relationship in Cleveland obviously didn’t suffer despite Beckham’s issues with the organization. The two certainly have a stronger relationship than the one Beckham appeared to have with his quarterback.

Photo: 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 cashing in on big bonuses during Rams’ playoff run

Odell Beckham in Rams gear

The Los Angeles Rams have made the Super Bowl, and Odell Beckham Jr. is coming out smelling like roses.

Beckham forced his way out of Cleveland this season and then got picked up by the Rams in November. He had just 17 catches for 232 yards and no touchdowns in six games with the Browns.

But his time with the Rams has been a different story.

Beckham had 27 catches for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight regular season games with the Rams. Then he had his biggest game yet with nine catches for 113 yards in the NFC Championship Game.

Thanks to his team reaching the Super Bowl, Beckham cashed a $750,000 bonus.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Beckham has already cashed in on $2 million in incentives this postseason. He can earn $1 million more with a Super Bowl win. The reason Beckham’s salary is so incentive-heavy is because he signed with the Rams for just $1.25 million guaranteed after clearing waivers.

Beckham may have looked like a jerk for forcing his way out of Cleveland. But that situation was a bad fit for him, and he has found a much better situation for himself — for now.

Photo: 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