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Odell Beckham

Ravens add veteran wideout

The NFL never sleeps, and so the Baltimore Ravens made a significant move yesterday, adding veteran wideout Odell Beckham. He was reportedly going to meet with the Jets today, so Baltimore snuck in to sign him to a one-year contract, presumably well above what the Jets would have offered.

It's been reported as a 1-year, $15 million deal, worth up to $18 million -- not bad for a guy who didn't play at all last season while rehabbing a torn ACL. But Beckham is just 30 years old and he's been a difference-maker on the field. And it's a significant, long-term need area for the Ravens.

Since Beckham entered the league in 2014, he's had 4 top-20 (PPR) fantasy finishes at the wide receiver position in five fully healthy seasons (25th the other year). Baltimore in that time has had a single top-20 wideout -- Steve Smith back in 2014. (Marquise Brown was 21st a couple of years ago.) No team has had fewer top-20 wideouts in that span than Baltimore.

TOP-20 WIDE RECEIVERS (PPR), 2014-2022
Seattle11Baldwin, Lockett, Metcalf
Tampa Bay11Evans, Godwin
Detroit9St. Brown, Golladay, Tate, Megatron, Marvin Jones
Pittsburgh9Brown, Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson
Atlanta8Julio Jones, Ridley
Green Bay8Adams, Nelson, Cobb
Minnesota8Jefferson, Thielen, Diggs
Cincinnati7Chase, Higgins, Boyd
Denver7Thomas, Sanders, Sutton
Houston7Hopkins, Cooks
L.A. Chargers7Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams
Miami7Tyreek, Waddle, Landry, Parker, Wallace
Kansas City6Tyreek, Maclin
L.A. Rams6Kupp, Woods, Cooks
New Orleans6Thomas, Cooks
Buffalo5Diggs, Watkins, John Brown
Dallas5Lamb, Cooper, Bryant
Indianapolis5Pittman, Hilton
Las Vegas5Adams, Renfrow, Crabtree, Cooper
Arizona4Fitzgerald, Hopkins
Carolina4Moore, Benjamin, Robby Anderson
Cleveland4Cooper, Landry Pryor
Jacksonville4Kirk, Chark, Robinson, Hurns
New England4Edelman, Cooks
N.Y. Giants4Beckham
Philadelphia4A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Maclin, Matthews
Chicago3Robinson, Jeffery
N.Y. Jets3Anderson, Marsall, Decker
San Francisco3Aiyuk, Samuel, Boldin
Tennessee1A.J. Brown
Baltimore1Steve Smith

Obviously, Beckham needs to be healthy, and he needs to stay healthy. That's been a problem for him the last few years. But if so, it's a nice get for Baltimore.

The other, arguably more important component to this deal is it might be a major positive for the odds of Baltimore and Lamar Jackson working things out. Jackson posted a screen shot of a FaceTime call with Beckham on social media yesterday. Take it as at least a sign that the two are either thinking -- or hoping -- they're going to be playing together this season.

--Andy Richardson

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