Jets’ Rumored Free Agent Target Sounds off on Contract Demands

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Getty New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh reacting in the middle of an NFL game.

The New York Jets might have enough money in the bank after all for one of its rumored free-agent targets.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr recently took to Twitter to clarify some rumors that have been floating around about his contract demands this offseason.

“I’m just so confused where the quote is from me that said I want 20…. all I’m saying is 4 AINT enough.”

Finding the Truth in the OBJ Free Agent Sweepstakes

During a SportsCenter NFL free agency special, ESPN NFL Insider Dianna Russini shared on air that OBJ is seeking a contract that’ll pay him between $15 million and $20 million annually on a brand new deal.

She also said that pricetag is scaring some teams off because OBJ is 30 years of age and has suffered two separate ACL tears over the last three years.

However, OBJ said on social media that he doesn’t know where those contract demands came from suggesting he is willing to take less.

An annual contract in the $15 million to $20 million range would make him between the No. 12 and No. 23 highest-paid receiver in football, per Over The Cap.

OBJ did say “4 AINT enough” perhaps suggesting an NFL team has put that contract offer on the table.

You can understand why that could’ve made Beckham upset considering a $4 million salary would place him No. 64 among the highest-paid wideouts in football, per Over The Cap.

Here are some of the NFL wide receivers in that salary range:

  • Byron Pringle ($4.1 million)
  • Parris Campbell ($4.7 million)
  • Jamal Agnew ($4.7 million)

This is a lower-tier range of wide receivers and OBJ at times during his NFL career has proven to be among the best in the league.

OBJ to the Jets Is a ‘Real Possibility’ According to an Insider

Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic said the Jets signing Odell Beckham Jr is a “real possibility” in a column posted on Friday, March 17.

“It was believed that the Jets were trying to figure out a way to keep [Corey Davis] around — he’s a highly respected leader and quality run blocker — with a pay cut or contract restructure,” Rosenblatt explained in his article. “But that seems less likely now that [Allen] Lazard has joined the Jets.”

That is a stark change from earlier this offseason when Rosenblatt said the Jets were “operating under the assumption” that Davis would be a cap casualty for the team this offseason.

That leaves the Jets with four core receivers at this point in the offseason with Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore, Denzel Mims, and Lazard.

Rosenblatt said that the group “talent-wise” can stack up with just about anyone in the league but also left the door open that things can still change with new additions.

There has been a ton of smoke around a potential OBJ-Jets pairing this offseason. So much so that some of it has to be real.

Whether it be Rosenblatt saying it is a possibility. Or Russini saying the Jets are staying in touch with his camp. OBJ being featured on Rodgers Jets free agent wish list certainly raised a few eyebrows. Several Jets players have been recruiting him openly to the team on social media.

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