Odell Beckham Jr. Misses $750K Bonus in NFL Season Finale

Ravens' Star Receiver Sidelined for Season's Crucial Finale.

by Nouman Rasool
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Odell Beckham Jr. Misses $750K Bonus in NFL Season Finale
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In a strategic move by the Baltimore Ravens, star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is set to miss the team's final regular-season game, a decision that effectively sidelines him from earning up to $750,000 in contract incentives.

As Week 18 unfolds in the 2023 NFL season, bringing with it the culmination of regular play and the anticipation of the playoffs, players like Beckham Jr. find themselves at a crucial juncture, aiming to reach personal benchmarks that activate lucrative financial bonuses.

The Ravens, who have clinched the coveted first seed in the AFC with a stellar 13-3 record, have opted for a cautious approach. Head Coach John Harbaugh has decided to rest key players, including MVP front-runner quarterback Lamar Jackson, to ensure the team is in prime condition for their Divisional Round appearance, following a first-round bye.

This tactical rest, while advantageous for the team’s playoff aspirations, has a direct impact on Beckham’s potential earnings.

Beckham's Costly Absence

Beckham, a notable figure in the Ravens’ offense, has not participated in practice this week and has been ruled out for the upcoming clash against the 9-7 Pittsburgh Steelers.

This absence not only affects the dynamics of the game but also has significant financial implications for the former Super Bowl champion. The 31-year-old wide receiver, known for his dynamic play and pivotal catches, is just shy of several milestones that would trigger his contract incentives.

To break it down, Beckham needs five more receptions to hit the 40-reception mark, a feat that would secure him a $250,000 bonus. Additionally, amassing 185 more receiving yards would take him to 750 yards for the season, netting another $250,000.

Furthermore, Beckham is two touchdowns away from a bonus for five receiving touchdowns, which would add another $250,000 to his earnings. There's even a chance for his bonus to escalate to $1 million if he manages to surpass tight end Mark Andrews, currently leading with six touchdowns, to lead the Ravens in this category.

While Beckham’s path to these bonuses seems temporarily blocked, there is still a glimmer of hope. It’s not uncommon for NFL teams to honor such incentives, even if players fall slightly short, especially in cases where they are rested for strategic reasons.

Beckham’s journey this season has been noteworthy. After signing a one-year deal potentially worth $18 million with the Ravens, he has made a significant comeback following a devastating ACL injury during Super Bowl LVI with the Los Angeles Rams.

His absence from the entire 2022 season did little to diminish his market value, thanks to his undeniable talent. This season, Beckham has racked up 35 receptions, 565 yards, and three touchdowns, establishing himself as a key component of the Ravens' offense alongside rookie Zay Flowers, tight end duo Andrews and Isaiah Likely, and synergizing exceptionally with quarterback Lamar Jackson.

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