The Los Angeles Rams are 7-2 heading into their 10th game of the 2021-2022 NFL season, a game out of first place, which is currently occupied by the 8-1 Arizona Cardinals.
Quarterback Matt Stafford has been strong all year, but floundered in a 28-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans last week during which he threw two interceptions including a crucial pick-six.
Now, Stafford is expected to add yet another weapon to his disposal (behind record-setting WR1 Cooper Kupp), as it has been reported that the Rans are expected to sign former superstar Odell Beckham, Jr., according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former Browns’ WR Odell Beckham Jr is finalizing a deal with the Los Angeles Rams, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 11, 2021
The news came just hours after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were reportedly said to not be interested in the former New York Giants standout.
So far on the season, the 5-foot-11, 198 pound Beckham has recorded 17 catches for 232 yards and zero scores for Cleveland.
If things work out, the Rams could have the type of run and shoot offense not seen in quite some time in the National Football League, with Kupp, Van Jefferson, Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee among their current receiving corps.
The MGM Sportsbook Twitter page posted the following video clip from Avengers: Infinity War upon hearing the news.
Sean McVay adding Odell to Matt Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee and Van Jefferson pic.twitter.com/piO8NJrNaY
— BetMGM ? (@BetMGM) November 11, 2021
Odell Beckham Jr. a Good Fit for Rams?
While Beckham has a lot to prove in light of his recent performances, he could be an excellent fit in Los Angeles with Stafford and company.
Stafford himself is equal parts mercurial, record-setting talent and inconsistent, at-times reluctant superstar dating back to his time in Detroit, and Stafford has a long history of excellent jump-ball placement to athletic receivers like Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay.
If Beckham and Stafford can get on the same page and Beckham doesn’t mind splitting receptions with the rest of the Rams’ talented receiving corps, this could be the type of bold move that puts the Rams over the top in the division and makes them instant title contenders.
At worst, the guess here is that Beckham will be far more content playing fourth or even fifth-fiddle in L.A., giving him the opportunity to join a winning culture again while ushering back a winning mindset and love for the game that made him a special player with New York.