John Harbaugh has reportedly talked to OBJ about joining Ravens
Odell Beckham Jr. in a Baltimore Ravens jersey? It could still happen.
Beckham has been linked to a handful of NFL teams this year including the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys, but there’s one team not on his shortlist that could make a surprise run for the star wideout.
The Ravens have reportedly been interested in Beckham for more than a month now, and a recent piece of news only further highlights their desire to bring him on.
With Devin Duvernay on injured reserve, and in spite of the recent waiver addition of Sammy Watkins, the Ravens’ wide receiver corps is in desperate need of reinforcements. Beckham’s troubling injury history raises some cause for concern, but the former Super Bowl champion fits the bill.
On “The Rich Eisen Show,” Rich Eisen said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told him he had “personally spoken” with Beckham about the possibility of coming to Baltimore.
Eisen briefly elaborated:
"“John Harbaugh told me they’re in on, or still are, on Odell…. It was one of those needle-rips-off-the-record moment in the meeting, like, ‘Really? I hadn’t heard that.’ John Harbaugh said he personally spoke to Odell about it. Because they know — they need help.”"
Ravens’ John Harbaugh has been trying to recruit OBJ this season
Following various free agent visits earlier this month, Beckham has declined to make a decision on his future and could wait until next season to pick his next home.
That doesn’t bode great news for the Ravens, who are firmly in win-now mode and could use a talented deep threat like Beckham in a potential playoff run.
Devin Duvernay reportedly broke a bone in his foot in practice on Tuesday, causing the Ravens to place him on injured reserve. Duvernay hasn’t made a very significant impact in the offense so far this season, yet the injury news still deals a painful blow to the team’s ragtag wideout corps.
Even if Lamar Jackson returns in time for Week 16 and beyond, he’ll only have a few targets he can rely on: Demarcus Robinson and Mark Andrews. The rest of the Ravens’ receiver unit continues to underperform or, in the case of DeSean Jackson and Sammy Watkins, suffer from nagging injury issues.
Acquiring Beckham would inject a much-needed boost of energy in Baltimore’s limp offense, though everything remains speculation at this point.