Ravens rumors: Dolphins "trying very hard" to sign Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham might be in the mood for a South Beach move
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While the Baltimore Ravens subjected fans to a very brutal offseason that saw many starters on both ends, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that former All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was not going to be brought back after a generally unimpressive season with Baltimore.

Last season showed that trusting Beckham in a primary or secondary wide receiver role on a championship-contending team is a foolish decision. If any team wants to sign him, his best role will be as a No. 3 passing option with a strong collection of talent alongside him.

For all of their faults, the Miami Dolphins have built one of the best wideout tandems in the league. With the promise of a season in South Florida alongside an offense that likes to chuck the ball down the field quite frequently, Beckham seems to be interested in putting on those aqua and white helmets.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Miami has been "trying very hard" to sign the former Ravens receiver. They have made at least one contract offer to Beckham and may have possibly made a second one. According to Fowler, financial matters seem to be the main hold up.

Baltimore Ravens rumors: Dolphins looking at signing Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham recorded 35 catches for 565 yards and three touchdowns last year. Beckham was asked to elevate the wide receiver corps, and his average performance showed that he can't be anything more than a WR3 on a contending team that occasionally makes some big plays down the field.

As effective as Baltimore's passing offense was last year, Mike McDaniel putting Beckham next to Tyreek Hill (who has teased a Beckham signing) and Jaylen Waddle might be a better environment for a receiver. There's no chance Beckham will see any double coverage, which could lead to better stats than he had last year.

The Ravens seemed unwilling to bring him back, as they are rolling with a top three of Zay Flowers, Rashod Bateman, and Nelson Agholor. It seems likely that Baltimore will spend a Top 100 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft on a young receiver who could eventually grow into a starter.

Beckham is on the back nine of his tremendous pro career, and he has a championship ring to fall back on. If he wants to keep playing, he will likely choose either the highest bidder or a team that will allow him to put up the best numbers. Miami might check both of those boxes.