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The Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers were the two most appealing teams for Odell Beckham Jr. under Star Wide Receiver’s recent free agency.
Although he ended up joining the Rams, Beckham had a sincere interest in playing for the Packers, sources told ESPN.
Green Bay was one of the last two teams Beckham considered – along with the Rams – but one problem that stopped all contract negotiations was that the Packers only offered the veteran’s minimum plus incentives, according to sources.
The Packers were asked to increase their offer to Beckham on several occasions, according to sources. But when Green Bay said no, the Beckham Rams chose what some sources thought was his favorite destination all along.
“He was not going to take the same, or less money, to go to Green Bay (over Los Angeles),” a source familiar with the contract negotiations told ESPN.
Many sources believed that the Rams became the immediate favorite to land Beckham when they entered the discussions, about 48 hours before Beckham finally decided to sign with them.
But a source familiar with the situation said it would have been interesting if the Packers had been more aggressive financially. Now instead of preparing a game plan with him in their offensive line, the Packers will have to defend Beckham on Sunday when they host the Rams.
Rams coach Sean McVay expects Beckham will be “much more” involved in the offense on Sunday, which will mark his second game with the team.
Beckham agreed to a $ 1.25 million one-year contract with the Rams four days before passing and playing 15 of 55 snaps in a Week 10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He caught 2 passes on 18 yards and was targeted on a third pass, but the deep throw from quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted as Beckham apparently broke off the route.
“Odell [is] just to become more familiar, “McVay said Friday.” I think it’s an incredible honor for him to be able to even play in the match against the Niners.