Should the LA Rams revisit bringing Odell Beckham Jr. back?

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The 2022 NFL season held one thing in common for both the LA Rams and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Neither really seemed to show up.  For the Rams, the season was derailed due to the snowball effects of repeated numerous injuries to the Rams roster, injuries that were so numerous and relentless that the team was unable to suit up and start the same offensive line until Week 12.

For Odell Beckham Jr., the story was just a bit different. He entered the 2022 NFL season injured, suffering from an ACL tear that sidelined him at halftime in Super Bowl LVI. And he fought to return to the NFL, even trying out for teams, but his healing time needed to be extended. As a result, both OBJ and the LA Rams are sitting this year’s NFL Playoffs out, watching from the comfort of their living rooms.

But the LA Rams and Odell Beckham Jr. have unfinished business. Both want to get back to the playoffs. Both want to hoist the Lombardi trophy once more. Does it make sense for the LA Rams and Odell Beckham Jr. to reunite for the 2023 NFL season?

Perhaps it does.

While the comments section is bound to fill with excited fans chastising the thought, admonishing any interest in modifying the LA Rams roster beyond the offensive line, this could actually make some sense. Of course, some things would need to happen.

For starters, the LA Rams wide receiver room is stuffed full of talented players. So any effort to sign Odell Beckham Jr. should be balanced by trading one of the Rams’ talented receivers. If the Rams could get a valuable draft pick for either Ben Skowronek or Allen Robinson, then that way is paved for OBJ’s return.

If the Rams make a trade of that nature, or simply have a strong likelihood of doing so, then it does make sense to reunite OBJ and Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford.  Not only does he complement the Rams’ offense, but he makes a viable and dangerous second option in the passing game opposite wide receiver Cooper Kupp, something that neither Robinson nor Skowronek could do (although I don’t think it was within their power to do so).

OBJ played very well on the Rams’ offense, and he clicked with Stafford and McVay very well. Since the Rams tried, and for the most part failed, to find a suitable alternative to OBJ in 2022, why not cut their losses and simply sign the real deal in 2023?

Run it back? Not exactly. More like finding the best fit, and the Rams and OBJ not only align well, but they both have their sights on the Lombardi Trophy in 2023.

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