Odell Beckham Jr. was finally “freed” from the Browns after a not-so-great tenure with the team. After he cleared waivers, he was a very sought out free agent but ultimately ended up with the Rams, who have gone all-in on winning a Super Bowl.
One of the teams he was rumored to be going to once he cleared waivers was the Packers, who could use another WR on the roster.
Here is how the recruiting went down, according to Packers Wire.
The Green Bay Packers made a strong play for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during his two-day free agency but it appears the team was always an underdog to the Los Angeles Rams.
According to Peter Schrager of FOX Sports, the Packers made a “very aggressive pitch” to Beckham Jr. before the former Cleveland Browns receiver signed with the Rams on Thursday.
Schrager said the Packers had quarterback Aaron Rodgers, receiver Davante Adams and coach Matt LaFleur all talk with Beckham Jr. about the fit in Green Bay and joining the Packers, but he was going to Los Angeles “regardless.”
It’s certainly possible the Packers were fighting a losing battle from the start and Los Angeles was where Beckham Jr. wanted to end up from the very beginning.
In fact, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Beckham Jr. did some recruiting of his own, using cornerback Jalen Ramsey to help convince the Rams to take a chance on the receiver.
“What (the other teams) didn’t know, Odell was pretty much pursuing the Rams,” Glazer said.
They couldn’t get it worked out for some reason, and Aaron Rodgers had an interesting reaction to it.
It should be noted that OBJ knew the entire time he could make more money with the Rams and also live in LA, where his girlfriend Lolo Wood and his family would prefer to be.
He said that he felt good about his conversations with Odell, and he appreciated that Green Bay was in the mix. Odell makes his debut with the Rams tonight. Flip the page to see more.