May 26, 2024

The Baltimore Ravens have unsurprisingly parted ways with former All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after just one season. The decision to release the 31-year-old came following the restructuring of his contract in January, which included a $50 million guarantee if he remained on the roster by Thursday, as reported by ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

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Beckham Jr., who signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Ravens last April, had a modest season with 35 receptions for 565 yards and three touchdown catches in 14 games. Despite his contributions, his release was anticipated due to the team’s evolving receiving corps. Rookie Zay Flowers emerged as a favorite target for Lamar Jackson, while Nelson Agholor earned a one-season extension in February, and Rashod Bateman saw increased involvement in the offense during the latter part of the season.

With the return of a healthy Mark Andrews at tight end and the rise of TE Isaiah Likely, Beckham Jr.’s role for the upcoming season appeared uncertain. Now entering free agency, he will be seeking his fourth team in as many seasons.

Although Beckham Jr. may not possess the same explosiveness he displayed during his tenure with the New York Giants, he showcased his enduring abilities by leading the team in yards per catch (16.1). Additionally, he ranked tied for 27th among wide receivers in ESPN Analytics’ metrics for getting open, making catches, and gaining yards after the catch.

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