Simply put, Odell Beckham Jr. made the perfect decision in signing with the Los Angeles Rams.
Despite the number of the teams that were interested in signing Beckham, the Rams were simply the best choice for the 29-year-old receiver.
There were a number of teams interested in signing the former Pro Bowl receiver, including the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.
However, the Rams not only present him with the best opportunity to win a ring, but the least amount of pressure to actually produce.
Each one of the aforementioned teams other than the Rams presented a lofty challenge for a receiver who hasn’t been fully confident in himself in years.
While playing for the Rams, he’ll be the clear-cut third receiver behind Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. And while the Rams may be 7-2 without Beckham, there are a number of key figures over Beckham who will be blamed if the team falls short of a Super Bowl.
Among them is none other than quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has still yet to win a playoff game during his 13 seasons in the NFL.
Stafford spoke of the addition of Beckham and how he’ll fit into the offense.
“Everybody on our team carves out their role,” said Stafford. “They do a great job of figuring out what that role is going to be and going out there and proving it both on the practice field and in games, and given the opportunities I know he’ll do the same,” he said.
And that’s the key word here — Beckham is just filling a “role.”
The Rams are arguably the most stacked team in the NFL following their acquisitions of Beckham and linebacker Von Miller. This is a team that has made multiple trades over the past few seasons — the franchise doesn’t have a first-round draft pick until 2024 and hasn’t had one since 2017 — in an effort to go all-in to win a Super Bowl.
That’s not even mentioning how the 35-year-old Sean McVay — the fifth-highest paid coach in the league at $8.5 million per year — faces more pressure than any coach to win a Super Bowl right now.
Which is why this is the perfect situation for a receiver looking to lay low while reaping all of the potential rewards.
Beckham is not looking to be the lead guy like he was with the New York Giants during the first few seasons of his career. If that was as pivotal to him as playing on a playoff contender, he would have signed with a team like the Patriots or Saints.
If he wanted the pressure of being relied upon to lift a team into the playoffs, he would have signed with the Chiefs or Seahawks.
If he was looking to embrace the pressure and the spotlight of playing a role of significant value on a Super Bowl contender, he would have signed with the Packers.
While Green Bay may have disrespected Beckham with their reported contract offer — the veteran’s minimum at just under $1.1 million this season — it’s not like Beckham needs the money. The Browns owe the eighth-year veteran $4.25 million for the remainder of this season.
That’s not even mentioning how the three-time Pro Bowl receiver has earned just a tad under $52 million in salary earnings over the course of his NFL career.
The bottom line is this — Beckham is playing in the perfect destination. It’s a high-reward, low-risk signing not only for the Rams, but OBJ himself.
If the Rams win the Super Bowl with Beckham along for the ride, OBJ can call himself a champion and cash in on a bigger contract in the offseason.
If Los Angeles doesn’t win the Super Bowl, a number of key figures — Stafford, McVay or any of the big-name defensive players — will be blamed before anyone even thinks of the third man on the wide receiver depth chart.