Over the past few years, a strong complaint from Baltimore Ravens fans has been the team’s inability to surround star quarterback Lamar Jackson with talented wide receivers. But with the recent addition of veteran wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., it appears that this might be changing.
As NFL analyst Warren Sharp points out on Twitter, Odell Beckham Jr. is by far the highest-paid wide receiver on the team since Lamar Jackson became the team’s starter during the 2019 season. Beckham, who will make $15 million guaranteed during his one-year deal with the Ravens, will make almost three times as much as the next highest-paid player Willie Snead.
Ravens largest per-yr average $ contracts given to WRs since Lamar Jackson became starter in 2019:
$15.0M – Odell Beckham Jr.
$ 6.0M – Willie Snead
$ 5.0M – Sammy Watkins
$ 3.3M – Nelson Agholor
$ 3.1M – Rashod Bateman
$ 2.9M – Marquise Brown
$ 2.0M – Seth Roberts
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) April 9, 2023
“Ravens largest per-yr average $ contracts given to WRs since Lamar Jackson became starter in 2019: $15.0M – Odell Beckham Jr. ——– $ 6.0M – Willie Snead $ 5.0M – Sammy Watkins $ 3.3M – Nelson Agholor $ 3.1M – Rashod Bateman $ 2.9M – Marquise Brown $ 2.0M – Seth Roberts,” Sharp said in a tweet.
Signing Beckham to such a massive contract is a massive move for the Ravens given their reluctance to do this in the past and the NFL world had plenty to say about it on Twitter.
It's an article of faith in the NFL that the Ravens are brilliantly run. And yet here's a team with a broken relationship with its star quarterback because they won't pay him what he wants but who are also willing to massively overpay a perpetually injured former star receiver. https://t.co/JgFtBVYGGG
— Martin Calladine (mastodonapp.uk/@uglygame) (@uglygame) April 10, 2023
Ravens front office stinks https://t.co/rXCEQNEGOr
— Julio Hawk (@MrJulioHawk) April 10, 2023
Got it done. It’s beautiful https://t.co/SStppLSErx
— Alec Wissler (@alec_wissler) April 10, 2023
Send your fantasy football group text this tweet right now so you can start creating an edge for August. https://t.co/SEm7TIjQlN
— John Daigle (@notJDaigle) April 9, 2023
This is a troll against the Ravens fan base
Or a last ditch effort to keep Lamar
Hope OBJ proves the people wrong https://t.co/fB8cmiATBU
— Slip (@dudenamedslip) April 9, 2023
Elite group if it were the year 2016 https://t.co/CEzqF7epO0
— Anthony (@crane_anthony) April 9, 2023
OBJ is the 5th former 1st round pick to sign with Baltimore over the last 5 seasons
— Sam Choudhury (@SC_FFB) April 10, 2023
Funniest part is rn OBJ is probably the 3rd best one listed lol idk what the ravens have against wrs https://t.co/VkEGie3xRi
— wiz 🥋 (@wizardklly) April 10, 2023
This could be an indication that the team is trying to make some moves to satisfy Jackson and perhaps convince him to stay in Baltimore.