Odell Beckham Jr. might have just revealed the low salary that teams are offering him, which could include the New York Jets
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. remains a free agent, and it appears the New York Jets are still interested in signing him. On Friday, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported the Jets are “interested and staying in touch with [Beckham]’s side”.
The other New York team, the New York Jets interested and staying in touch with his side, per source. https://t.co/A6AcT0YhCE
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 17, 2023
The Cowboys, Chiefs, and Ravens are among some of the other teams who have reportedly shown interest in Beckham.
On Saturday, Beckham dropped a very interesting tweet that seems to shed light on how his free agent negotiation process is shaking out.
Beckham refuted reports that claimed he is seeking over $20 million per year, but he also said “4 ain’t enough”. Interpret that however you please. Many are viewing this tweet as Beckham telling the public that he is only being offered $4 million per year by prospective teams.
I’m just so confused where the quote is from me tht said I want 20…..😭🙄all I’m sayin is 4 AINT enough
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) March 18, 2023
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This is purely speculation, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Jets general manager Joe Douglas is the man who offered Beckham the surprisingly low salary. Douglas is famous for drawing a line in the sand with his contract negotiations. He rarely overpays for a free agent and will gladly let players walk to other teams if their price exceeds his valuation of the player.
Considering Beckham’s age, injury concerns, and gradual production decline over the last half-decade, it would seem very on-brand for Douglas to value Beckham at a shockingly low number. Douglas might find Beckham interesting as a depth piece or a low-risk roll of the dice, but not much more. In this case, offering a salary of $4 million per year makes sense.
Still, Beckham is absolutely warranted to believe that he is worth much more than $4 million per year. The last time we saw Beckham, he caught 21 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns in three-and-a-half playoff games to help propel the Los Angeles Rams to a Super Bowl title. Recently, Beckham appeared to be in great shape during a workout in front of NFL teams.
A $20 million salary for Beckham is certainly too high. A $4 million salary is probably too little. I would expect Beckham to land a contract somewhere in-between those two numbers.