THOUSAND OAKS — Free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. explained in a series of tweets on Wednesday why a reunion hasn’t occurred with the Rams, who have expressed verbally throughout the season their strong desire to bring him back.
But Beckham, who has interest from a handful of teams, hinted that the Rams have been all talk and have made the “lowest of low offers.”
“L.A. knows where I wanted to be, but they didn’t offer me … anything,” Beckham tweeted. “So, I don’t know what people want me to do. I definitely know my worth and what the offer was isn’t reflective of that. So, it’s tough to say that I can come back, even though I thought I finally found that home.”
Beckham was instrumental in the Rams’ run to a Super Bowl title after the team acquired him as a midseason signing after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns last year. Beckham, however, tore his ACL during the Super Bowl against the Cincinnati Bengals and is reportedly targeting a November date to return to the field.
Rams coach Sean McVay was asked about Beckham’s frustrations with the contract negotiations and mentioned that the team plans to make another offer.
“I love Odell,” McVay said before practice Wednesday. “We have constant dialogue. He also knows that certainly … I don’t think that’s the last one that would come from us. I’m not exactly familiar with what (the offer) is. He knows how we feel about him. We’ve got a little bit of time, but love Odell. Nothing but good things coming from me.”
Beckham might feel slighted by the Rams’ offer because he mentioned in one of his tweets that he decided to play with the injured knee before fully tearing his ACL to help the team win a Super Bowl.
“Yes, L.A. treated me normal and special all in the same breath,” Beckham tweeted. “We see how that played out. For both sides, I went out to win a (championship) there knowing the risk of playing without an ACL, and then I got the lowest of low offers after that going into the next season. Impossible.”
The Rams could use Beckham because the offense is dealing with a lengthy list of injuries and they’re only averaging 16 points per game.
But YES LA treated me normal and special all in the same breath , we see how that played out! For both sides. I went out to win a there knowin the risk of playin without an ACL… and then I got the lowest of low offers after that goin into the next season. Impossible
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) October 12, 2022
BECKHAM’S SUPPORT FOR ROBINSON
Beckham also had a tweet in support of wide receiver Allen Robinson, who is off to a slow start in his first season with the Rams.
“A-Rob (gonna) take off,” Beckham tweeted. “Just wait and L.A. is going to get back moving. Remember, you’ll know what a time is really like come November and December, not to say that these games don’t matter.”
Robinson, who has been held under 23 receiving yards in four of the five games this season, said he appreciates the support from Beckham. Robinson has 12 catches for 107 yards and one touchdown this season.
“I didn’t see (the tweet), but I appreciate that,” Robinson said. “I put a lot of work into this thing, so just continuing to do my thing as far as going out there and being where I need to be.”
The Rams have spent the past few weeks trying to figure out ways to give Robinson more targets and not just jump balls and other low-probability throws. Perhaps re-signing Beckham could help spark the Rams’ offense and get Robinson more involved.
“All I can do is control what I can control,” Robinson said, “and that’s trying to help put my team in situations to win games. That’s the only thing that I can control.”
A rob finna take off … just wait n la gon get back moving …. Remember you’ll know what a time is really like come Nov Dec not to say tht these games don’t matter
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) October 12, 2022
PRECAUTION FOR KUPP, DONALD
The Rams added more names to their injury report with wide receiver Cooper Kupp (foot), defensive lineman Aaron Donald (foot), tight end Tyler Higbee (ankle) and wide receiver Brandon Powell (hip) missing practice on Wednesday.
But McVay said it was for precautionary reasons and he expects the key players to be available on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
“We’re going to be smart with Cooper Kupp, Tyler Higbee, Aaron Donald and Brandon Powell,” McVay said. “They got some different things from the game. We’re just being smart. Don’t expect it to affect their game status.”
Center Brian Allen, who has missed the past four games, missed another practice with a knee injury. Safety Taylor Rapp (ribs) and cornerbacks Cobie Durant (hamstring) and David Long (groin) were listed as limited participants.