Sauce Gardner reveals how close really Odell Beckham Jr. was to signing with Jets
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New York Jets star cornerback Sauce Gardner reveals Odell Beckham Jr. was so close to signing with the Jets that the star wide receiver was already asking if he could get to wear No 7 jersey with the Jets. After Aaron Rodgers announced to the public his intention to join the Jets, Gang Green also showed big interest in acquiring Beckham.
The interest between Beckham and the Jets was mutual as the Jets were mentioned as the frontrunners to land the star wide receiver. But then, Beckham stunningly ended up with the Baltimore Ravens. “Odell, he wanted to play here.
It was to the point where he was picking his jersey. He was telling me, like, ‘Hey, ask so-and-so if I can get the jersey [number I want].’ He was going to wear number 7," Gardner told Sports Illustrated.
Gardner reveals Beckham was so close to signing with the Jets
The Ravens gave Beckham a one-year, $15 million deal that could be worth up to $18 million if the star wide receiver hits certain incentives.
The Jets had a chance to match that offer but they thought that was too much money for a 30-year-old wide receiver who missed all of last season due to a torn ACL. The Ravens' decision to give Beckham that much money left many stunned but Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta defended their move.
“We saw everything we needed to see, knowing that it’s going to just improve. When a guy has a serious injury, in general, it only gets better. It may take time. Sometimes it takes longer, but it only gets better.
What we saw was extremely encouraging and I can’t wait to see the progression from March to April to May to September. That’s probably the thing that we’re most excited about. We’re getting somebody who is ready to explode again.
and he’s in the right environment with the right quarterback, with the right team, in the right city. It’s the perfect player at the perfect time," DeCosta said when addressing the criticism about the Beckham contract.