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Ravens Add Nelson Agholor, Eye Odell Beckham Jr.?

The Baltimore Ravens continue to take shots bolstering their wide receiver group, this time with the addition of veteran pass catcher Nelson Agholor. Agholor signed a one-year deal with the Ravens worth $3.25 million last week.

Adding Agholor gives Baltimore another experienced receiver, but the Ravens’ possible pursuit of Odell Beckham Jr. would prove to be a major boost. Beckham was at the NFL owner’s meetings in Phoenix on Tuesday to reportedly meet with teams that could be a future destination for him. The Ravens are reportedly one of the teams that plan to speak with Beckham.

The current group of receivers would be led by Beckham if he joins the team. Beckham last played for the Los Angeles Rams in 2021. He had ready caught two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown before tearing his ACL in the second quarter of the Rams’ 23-20 Super Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bengals in February of 2022.

Beckham really came on for the Rams in the postseason where he had 288 receiving yards and two touchdowns in four playoff games, including 113 yards on nine catches in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. The Los Angeles playoff performance came after a contentious exit from his previous team, the Cleveland Browns.

New Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken was the Browns offensive coordinator for one of the seasons Beckham was in Cleveland.  Monken seems to already have an understanding of what makes Beckham tick.

“He’s like every skill player,” Monken said. “He’s no different. I don’t know why everybody gets pissed off;  like, he wants the ball. Well, really? I don’t know where I’ve been where a great player didn’t want the ball.”

Beckham held a workout on March 11 in Phoenix that drew representatives of 11 NFL.

As for Agholor, he figures to be a legitimate speed option from the slot or out wide. His pedigree includes a 2017 Super Bowl victory.

Agholor’s most recent season included 31 receptions for 362 yards and two receptions and one downs. If Baltimore is able to get this production from Agholor and Beckham, they’ll have a potent one-two addition to their offense.

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