The Ravens might have spent a ton of money in an effort to bring a veteran, proven and tested wide receiver to Baltimore ahead of the 2023 season, but such a move is paying off with said man already giving back to the franchise and the community.
Odell Beckham Jr., who inked a monster one-year, $15 million deal with the Flock last spring, first helped the franchise convince Lamar Jackson that the Ravens are the best team he can play for (which the QB will do under the richest-ever NFL contract for the next five years), and is now boosting the spirits of youngsters around Baltimore.
That's because Beckham organized and held a youth football camp, the team announced on their Twitter account on Sunday including a video captioning the wide receiver engaging with some kids attending the event.
As quoted by Hayley Salvatore of BaltimoreRavens.com, Beckham said that he is "excited about this team." The veteran also thinks the Ravens "have a crazy team, crazy receivers."
Beckham is coming off a year and a half recoving from an ACL injury suffered in the Super Bowl LVI, one he would go on to win with the Los Angeles Rams in the last game he played in the NFL all the way back in February 2022.
Since then, and this offseason, the Ravens have signed one more veteran to bolster the wide receiver rotation by adding Nelson Agholor, as well as drafting the supremely gifted Boston College standout Zay Flowers with a first-round pick.
Baltimore also inked Jackson to a five-year extension worth $260 million, and the team is also bringing back talented tight end Mark Andrews as well as a loaded backfield featuring J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and freshly-signed veteran Melvin Gordon III.
According to Salvatore in the piece she wrote covering Beckham's camp, there were "600 kids in attendance at The Gilman School in Baltimore."
More interestingly for Ravens fans out there eager to watch Baltimore's product on the field, Salvatore reports that OBJ was "an active participant in drills, making the rounds to each group to throw the ball in a route running drill."
Beckham also invited 25 military families to his camp, saying that when he was kid, he "looked up to somebody and [military members] motivated me."