Odell Beckham Jr. was between the Los Angeles Rams and the Green Bay Packers before ultimately deciding to head west, with one report saying the Packers made that decision easier by not budging on a price.
Sources told ESPN that Beckham was interested in signing with the Packers but Green Bay had only offered a veteran’s minimum contract worth $1.075 million, plus incentives.
According to the report, Beckham’s camp asked the Packers to increase their offer several times but the team declined, ultimately leading to Beckham’s decision to sign with the Rams.
Sources told the outlet that Los Angeles was the leading choice for Beckham.
“He wasn’t going to take the same or less money to go to Green Bay [over Los Angeles],” one source said.
The former Cleveland Browns wideout signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal earlier this month. In a little more than two seasons with the Browns, he played in 29 games and recorded 114 catches for 1,586 yards and seven touchdowns but only played 13 games over the last two seasons because of injuries.
Beckham will face off against the Packers on Sunday in his second appearance with the Rams.
Head coach Sean McVay told reporters this week that he expects Beckham to have a bigger role this week as he becomes more “familiar” with the playbook.