Odell Beckham Jr. Reveals True Reason Why He Chose Matthew Stafford and the Rams Over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers

Odell Beckham Jr. has been a breath of fresh air for the Los Angeles Rams. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver wanted out of Cleveland and got his wish. With multiple suitors lining up, OBJ got a midseason taste of what free agency feels like. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers made a strong push, but Beckham ultimately joined Matthew Stafford in LA.

The New Orleans, Louisiana native recently opened up on what went into his decision to head to the West Coast.

Odell Beckham Jr. says the Rams wanted him more than the Packers

Rams WR Odell Beckham Jr. warms up before a game; Packers QB Aaron Rodgers reacts after beating the Vikings
Odell Beckham Jr. of the Los Angeles Rams looks on before Divisional Round matchup against the Buccaneers | Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images; Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers leaves the field after win over the Vikings | Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

When the Cleveland Browns released Odell Beckham Jr. after Week 9, his NFL future became uncertain. No one claimed him off waivers, leaving him free to sign with any team of his choosing.

Several teams went after OBJ, including the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, and New Orleans Saints. However, one team stood out from the crowd — the LA Rams.

Beckham recently sat down with NBC Sports‘ Chris Simms to discuss his decision to link up with Matthew Stafford and company instead of Aaron Rodgers’ Packers.

“There was a lot of love,” Beckham said. “Huge fan, and I always talk to AR12 [Rodgers] and Davante [Adams]. It just boiled down to some things that don’t really need to be mentioned. I just felt more honored, respected, and wanted here [the Rams] rather than the other place.”

The 29-year-old wideout suggested the Rams valued him more with respect to how he could help their team.

“They [Packers] felt like ‘We would love to have you,'” Beckham added. “This [Rams] was like ‘No, we want you here.’ It wasn’t an easy decision, but with any leap of faith, there’s always going to be that bit of hesitancy. But I’m very happy with my decision.”

The 3-time Pro Bowler has found a home in LA

It’s unclear how much money played a factor in Odell Beckham Jr.’s decision to sign with the LA Rams. He signed a one-year deal worth up to $4.25 million.

According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, the Packers offered Beckham the veterans minimum, which is $1.075 million for a season, as well as incentives. Green Bay’s front office refused to improve their offer.

The Rams offered more money, and OBJ loved the organization’s vibe. Signing with LA turned out to be the best decision for his career.

“I wanted to be in a spot where I know I can thrive,” Beckham said. “Wanted to be in an atmosphere that was special. I put out a lot of love, and love is what you would want to receive back. I felt the most love from the Rams. Von Miller was here. Jalen Ramsey was here. And they said, ‘Let’s go chase this ring.'”

OBJ added that Sean McVay has cultivated an environment that makes players want to compete for him.

“It’s very laid back, but it’s very focused on the work,” Beckham said. “It’s just the setup. From the schedule to the way we practice to the way the guys in the training room take care of you. It’s just been a perfect fit, and it’s really truly allowed me to be successful and want to succeed.”

The LSU product recorded 27 receptions for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight regular-season games with the Rams. So far in the postseason, he’s caught 10 passes for 123 yards and one score. While Odell Beckham Jr. may not be the No. 1 option in LA, he’s played his role, and he’s helped the Rams reach the NFC Championship Game.

Could OBJ have changed Green Bay’s playoff fate?

The Green Bay Packers secured the No. 1 seed in the NFC after posting a 13-4 record in the regular season. After an MVP-caliber season, Aaron Rodgers hoped to lead the Packers to a Super Bowl. However, they made a shockingly early exit instead.

The San Francisco 49ers stunned Green Bay, handing Matt LaFleur’s squad a 13-10 loss in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. The snow and cold weather played a role, but the Packers offense did not perform up to standard.

Rodgers completed 20 of 29 pass attempts for 225 yards and zero touchdowns. The Niners keyed in on Davante Adams, who finished with nine receptions for 90 yards. Aaron Jones had a good game catching out of the backfield (nine receptions, 129 yards), but no other wideouts made an impact.

Would Odell Beckham Jr. have made a noticeable impact in this game? Nothing’s a guarantee, but he could’ve certainly brought more to the table. OBJ has more raw talent than every receiver on the Packers roster not named Adams.

Matthew Stafford has been a significant upgrade over Baker Mayfield, so Beckham has thrived with the Rams. It’s hard to imagine the veteran receiver not balling out with Rodgers.

Beckham would’ve given Green Bay another legitimate weapon that defenses must account for. Unfortunately, the Packers didn’t believe in OBJ enough to offer him a fair contract. Fortunately for Beckham, he’s still playing while Rodgers and company are home.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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