Free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will hold a workout for NFL teams in Arizona on Friday, sources told ESPN.
Beckham, 30, missed all of last season because of a torn ACL suffered in last year’s Super Bowl. He went on a free-agent tour that visited the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills at the end of the season.
The Giants are among the teams expected to be represented in the workout, which will be an opportunity for Beckham to show the teams where he is physically. It’s been 13 months since the injury.
Beckham is expected to be one of the top wide receivers available in free agency this year, despite a second ACL tear. This is not considered a very strong group of free agent recipients.
New England’s Jakoby Meyers is the consensus top receiver available.
Beckham was playing at an extremely high level for the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl before he awkwardly planted his foot and immediately reached his knee. He had three catches, 52 yards, and a touchdown before the injury.
It really looked like Beckham was re-establishing himself as a top receiver with the Rams, for whom he had 27 catches for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight regular-season games in the 2021 season.
Beckham has had a roller-coaster NFL career since being selected in the first round by the Giants in 2014. He burst onto the scene with a memorable one-handed catch against the Cowboys and set production records in his first three seasons.
Beckham was named Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014 and had at least 1,300 receiving yards and two-digit touchdowns in each of his first three seasons. But then the injuries and mischief began to take their toll. He fractured his foot in 2017 and was famously traded to the Cleveland Browns prior to the 2019 season by general manager Dave Gettleman.
A core muscle injury and ineffectiveness plagued Beckham with the Browns, where he was also a lightning rod, and his relationship with quarterback Baker Mayfield deteriorated.
Beckham was released by the Browns in the middle of the 2021 season and eventually signed with the Rams. He won the Super Bowl in Los Angeles.