Odell Beckham Jr.’s free agency is over. The three-time Pro Bowl receiver has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams, the club announced on Thursday afternoon.
There was a bit of confusion prior to the Rams’ making the signing official. Beckham was on the fence between signing with either the Rams or the Packers, according to NFL Network’s Kim Jones. But Beckham ultimately chose to sign with the Rams, who like Green Bay are in the running to earn one of the NFC’s top playoff seeds.
The addition of Beckham has increased the Rams’ win projection from 11.9 to 12 games, according to CBS Sports sport data scientist Stephen Oh. The Rams’ chances at winning their division have risen from 23.3 to 24.4 percent. Los Angeles’ odds at winning Super Bowl LVI has jumped from 11.1 to 11.5 percent.
Beckham is joining a Rams team that is going all-in on this season. The Rams, who are currently 7-2 and one game back of the Cardinals for the AFC West division lead, recently traded to acquire future Hall of Fame pass rusher Von Miller. Miller will make his Los Angeles debut on Sunday while joining a defense that includes three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
The Rams’ receiving corps now includes Beckham, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Van Jefferson and tight end Tyler Higbee. Kupp leads the NFL with 74 receptions for 1,019 yards and 10 touchdowns. Woods, Jefferson and Higbee have caught a combined 107 passes for 1,313 yards and nine touchdowns. Beckham was likely signed in part to replace DeSean Jackson, who signed with the Raiders after he and the Rams mutually agreed to part ways.
Los Angeles’ offense has been led by Matt Stafford, who has thrown for 2,771 yards with 23 touchdowns and six interceptions through nine games. The Rams’ offense also features running back Darrell Henderson, who has put up solid numbers while replacing…