The moment it was announced that the Los Angeles Rams had acquired Odell Beckham Jr., the national football media was ready to sharpen their pitchforks, light their torches, and head over to Green Bay to continue their nearly year-long effort to burn the organization down. Even on this site my buddy Spencer was quick to run a story about Jordan Schultz’s Twitter account claiming Beckham felt disrespected by the Packers’ front office. Alas, after all the facts came out it appears the media was wrong once again.
Matt LaFleur, Aaron Rodgers, and Davante Adams all made pitches that were likely just as impassioned as Sean McVay’s was, it just didn’t work out. After the Packers’ shutout win against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Rodgers finally broke his silence on the pursuit of OBJ.
“I think that we are obviously limited with our salary-cap situation,” he said. “I’m not sure what he ended up signing for, but I’ve been friends with Odell for a long time and have so much respect for his talent and his ability, and I wish him the absolute best in L.A.”
Rodgers continued, “I think there was a lot of conversations around bringing him in, and for whatever reason it just wasn’t the right fit, but I feel good about the fact that we were in the mix.”
So, there you have it. A little bit of time and once again the truth comes out. The Packers tried their best but were in a tough salary-cap situation and absolutely had to think about next year in addition to just the immediate benefits of the signing. The front office and the marquee Packers clearly didn’t disrespect Beckham. And, maybe most importantly to everyone who’s trying to force a divorce between Rodgers and the Packers, No. 12 was perfectly satisfied with the effort.
So let’s put that to rest and get ready for the Border Battle with the Minnesota Vikings and the Packers’ potential opportunity to wrap this division up very early in the season.