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Starspieler says he wants to return to the Rams

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The meat of the NFL offseason is over. Most of the big name free agents have signed. The star players were traded. The design has come and gone. And even the schedule for the coming season has been published.

Despite all that, the Los Angeles Rams still have work to do. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who played a key role in the Rams’ Super Bowl run after signing in November, is still a free agent.

Luckily for the Rams, it appears the star receiver wants to return to Los Angeles. However, it comes with a caveat.

While Rams fans and media speculated whether James Bradberry, recently released Giants cornerback, could end up in Los Angeles, one fan mentioned that the team should sign Beckham before doing anything else.

Beckham saw the tweet and appeared to provide an update on his contract negotiations to stay with the Rams.

“You know [where] I wanna be 😂😂,” Beckham wrote in a tweet, referring to the Rams. “I just can’t play for free!”

Beckham doesn’t blame the Rams during contract negotiations, however.

“It’s just the shops! I understand it’s nothing personal,” Beckham wrote in another tweet.

Beckham’s contract negotiations are somewhat difficult to resolve for a number of reasons. Looking like the All-Pro receiver he was with the Giants during his 12-game streak with the Rams, Beckham recorded 48 receptions for 593 yards and seven touchdowns, including the playoffs.

But Beckham tore the ACL in his left knee at Super Bowl LVI for the second time in two seasons. Beckham underwent successful surgery shortly after the game. However, he will be out until early November, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported. This is also the same month that Beckham turns 30.

Before beginning free agency in March, Pro Football Focus predicted Beckham would re-sign with the Rams to a one-year, $14 million, $12.5 million guaranteed contract. However, closing such a deal would be a bit difficult for the Rams right now. They only have $5.4 million in cap space, according to OverTheCap, so other steps would need to be taken to re-sign Beckham for such a deal.

Los Angeles made a big investment in Receiver early in the offseason, signing Allen Robinson on a three-year, $45 million deal in March. However, it has brought veteran wide receiver Robert Woods to Tennessee, so there may still be room for Beckham in Los Angeles.

Veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford wasn’t shy and said he wanted Beckham back in Los Angeles.

“I’ve been in touch with him, both looking for his knee, his new addition to the family, and letting him know we’d like to have him,” Stafford said during an interview with SportsCenter in April. “It was an incredible blessing to get the chance to play with such a talented player and frankly such a great teammate. He was amazing from the second he walked into our facility, which was a difficult situation learning as much as he had to, so quickly as he did. It was really impressive to see him go out there and do his thing and hopefully we’ll have more time together.”

Rams head coach Sean McVay shared a similar desire to keep Beckham at Tinseltown for the foreseeable future.

“Odell is someone we want to continue working with. I can’t say enough about him as a teammate and as a person,” McVay said in March. “I really love him. Appreciate our relationship that we have been able to build and develop and I hope we will continue to work together for many more years to come.”

“Odell is someone we want to continue working with. I can’t say enough about him as a teammate and as a person,” McVay said in March. “I really love him. Appreciate our relationship that we have been able to build and develop and I hope we will continue to work together for many more years to come.”

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