I’m on your game here, Odell Beckham Jr. Publicly annoying your pal Deebo Samuel during his contract dispute with the San Francisco 49ers is more than just a joke. You see this large market for receiving contracts. You saw the record contracts signed by Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill when they were traded by teams that didn’t want to pay for their No. 1 options with that kind of money. You don’t need to be traded, you’re a free agent who unfortunately tore an ACL in the Super Bowl. You don’t want your name forgotten, and I don’t blame you.
All weekend, Beckham has been on Twitter acting like he’s an NFL insider whose only beat is Deebo Samuel. It started on Friday, when Beckham tweeted that he had tea of Samuel and asked the world if they should overthrow him. Samuel asked him to stop causing trouble with funny emojis. Beckham replied that he was having too much fun, but added: ‘well bruh I won’t tell them what you just told me [hands covering face emoji] [mouth zipped emoji].”
Samuel laughed again and tried to move on. Then Beckham took it up a notch on Saturday. He actually tweeted that Samuel was traded to the New England Patriots.
The World of NFL Insiders precipitate to their smartphones to report this fake news. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer and others said there was no truth to Beckham’s report. Samuel didn’t categorically deny it, but he made it clear that from now on he wasn’t part of the patriot lane when, seven minutes later, he sub-tweeted him, saying, “at this point, bruh just got bored.” Beckham jokingly apologized for making up transactions recklessly, and said he just liked pissing off Samuel.
Maybe Beckham really is just the Joker on social media and likes to watch the internet burn, but I’m not buying that’s his only motivation, especially after AJ Brown got negotiated to the Philadelphia Eagles and rewarded with a $100 million, 4-year extension. He knows Samuel is next no matter how much the 49ers sputteravoiding trades but not wanting to pay him top receiver money, and Samuel saying he doesn’t want to be the team leader in rushing touchdowns anymore.
Beckham wants to participate in this. Obviously, he’ll be 30 next season and probably won’t be able to play at all after tearing his ACL in February. With his injury history and age, it wouldn’t be the wisest decision to offer him a long-term deal while he recovers and it’s unclear how well he will recover from his injury. During the NFL playoffs and towards the end of the season, Beckham was just starting to look like the player the New York Giants made the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver in 2018. He caught 9 passes for 113 yards in the NFC Championship. Game and scored the first Super Bowl LVI touchdown.
He doesn’t believe his time as the NFL’s top wide receiver is over, but with all those young players being paid or causing a ruckus while holding on, we’re forgetting the player whose first three seasons as an NFL wide receiver can only be compared to Randy Moss and Jerry Rice.
Surely Beckham wants another long-term contract, even if he doesn’t hand over any towels until he turns 31 in 2023. So while he enjoys playing with his friend on Twitter, I’m pretty sure this Twitter activity was about more than just boredom on an April weekend with a bad knee.
He wants to make sure his name is still on people’s lips as the wide receiver contract market explodes, and that’s actually a good idea on his part. He got his Super Bowl and hopefully he can cash in one more time before his career is over.