Odell Beckham Jr. found himself in a precarious situation with the Cleveland Browns. Thanks to a rift with Baker Mayfield, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver became a free agent. OBJ wound up joining his close friend Von Miller on the Los Angeles Rams, and now they’re playing for a chance to go to the Super Bowl together.
This unique opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without a stern piece of advice from OBJ to Miller.
Odell Beckham Jr. warned Von Miller against joining the Browns
The Cleveland Browns thought they hit the jackpot when they acquired Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants in exchange for Jabrill Peppers, a first-round pick, and a second-round pick. The 2019 trade sent the NFL world into a frenzy. Unfortunately, the trade backfired for all parties involved.
Beckham seemed to be a good fit in the Browns offense but turned out to be the exact opposite. He was productive in his first season with the team (74 receptions, 1,035 yards, and four touchdowns). However, OBJ and Baker Mayfield failed to develop consistent chemistry.
The two players fell out of favor with each other, leading to a drama-filled 2021 season. As a result, the Browns released Beckham after Week 8. He cleared waivers then headed west to join the LA Rams.
The LSU product admits players like Von Miller and Jalen Ramsey helped recruit him. Miller seemingly repaid Beckham the favor the wideout did for him in the past. The eight-time Pro Bowl edge-rusher revealed he and OBJ talked about playing together one day. However, the receiver made it clear that Miller shouldn’t try to join the Browns.
“Don’t come to Cleveland,” Miller told Sports Illustrated of the message.
Fate brought the two Pro Bowlers together anyway
Odell Beckham Jr. became a free agent for the first time when the Cleveland Browns released him. He had his fair share of suitors, including the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, and Kansas City Chiefs. Ultimately, it was the Rams who won the OBJ sweepstakes.
Von Miller had just arrived in LA when Beckham got there. The Rams acquired the All-Pro outside linebacker from the Denver Broncos for two 2022 draft picks.
The eighth-year wideout revealed the Rams wanted him more than any of the other teams in the market for his services. Not to mention, the talks he had with Miller would come to fruition.
“It’s time, man,” Beckham told Miller. “Time to put it all together.”
Beckham and Miller both made their Rams debuts in the Week 10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. OBJ caught just two passes for 18 yards while Miller recorded three tackles and one tackle for loss. Both players got off to slow starts with their new club. However, they’re hitting their stride at the right time.
The Rams will need Beckham and Miller to continue to rise to the occasion for the Rams to reach the Super Bowl.
Can the Rams cash in on their risky gambles and win the Super Bowl?
LA Rams general manager Les Snead decided to go all-in on the 2021 season, and his efforts have paid off up to this point.
The first shoe to drop was the trade for Matthew Stafford. LA acquired the veteran quarterback from the Detroit Lions for Jared Goff, two first-round picks, and a third-round pick. The Rams gave up a considerable haul to land Stafford. Clearly, they felt he was the missing piece to a Super Bowl run.
Stafford has undoubtedly been an upgrade over Goff. The biggest knock on him has been his performance in the playoffs. However, with a legitimate team around him, he’s thrived.
Sean McVay’s crew already had Super Bowl or bust expectations, but those heightened with the Odell Beckham Jr. and Von Miller moves. Bringing in big names draws a lot of attention. With that comes increased pressure and expectations.
The Rams are hoping to get off the snide against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. To get past their arch-nemesis, they’ll need all three risky gambles to show and prove on the big stage.
Super teams aren’t common in the NFL, but it’s worked thus far for the Rams, who are one win away from the Super Bowl.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.