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Beckham signs with Ravens without assurance of Jackson as QB

Publish Date: 04/15/2023
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

With Odell Beckham Jr. now a wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, questions have arisen about the future of the team’s quarterback, Lamar Jackson. While Jackson’s contract status remains unclear, Beckham’s arrival suggests that he came to the Ravens expecting to play alongside him.

During his introductory press conference, Beckham indicated that the team wants the former MVP to stay. He later acknowledged that the decision rests with management.

“I didn’t get any assurances for anything,” Beckham said. “I was just excited about the possibility of that. My thoughts would be that he would be here. I know that [GM Eric DeCosta and coach John Harbaugh] want him to be here, and at the end of the day, that will be up to them.”

The 30-year-old player expressed his optimism about possibly playing alongside Jackson and shared his excitement during a recent FaceTime call with the quarterback. Beckham revealed that Jackson had shown great enthusiasm for teaming up on the field, further fueling his own anticipation.

“Lamar, I know if you’re watching, I would love to work with you. When you think about the Ravens, you definitely think about Lamar, and I know that that’s something I was excited about, that possibility,” Beckham said.

GM DeCosta weighs in

According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Jackson had convinced Beckham to join the Ravens with the implicit understanding that he would be the one to pass the ball to Beckham.

In response, Ravens’ general manager Eric DeCosta confirmed that the team still considers Jackson an integral part of their plans, expressing his hope that a long-term deal will be reached despite Jackson requesting a trade.

“Lamar is in our plans,” DeCosta said. “We’re hoping to still get a long-term deal. He’s the right player for this team.”

DeCosta also emphasized that building a championship team takes time and patience, discussing the process of acquiring Beckham and the effort required to secure Jackson’s future with the franchise.

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