Odell Beckham Jr. made headlines Wednesday when he tweeted that the Los Angeles Rams made him an offer that was "the lowest of low."
NFL Network's Ian Rapaport reported Thursday that was not just Beckham stirring the pot on social media.
The free agent wideout is legitimately unhappy with his former team.
"From NFL Now: Free agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. wanted a Michael Gallup-type offer from the #Rams, which is why he's upset. But plenty of time to make it happen (if both sides are still interested)." -- Ian Rapaport
Beckham tore his ACL during the Rams' Super Bowl LVI win in February and has not been signed by a team since. Rapaport reported that Beckham's hope was that the Rams would make a multi-year commitment to him despite the injury, similar to what the Cowboys did with wideout Michael Gallup, who signed a five-year $57.5 million deal despite tearing an ACL in Week 17 last season.
"Odell Beckham Jr., what he wanted, what he hoped, was more of a Michael Gallup situation," Rapaport said. "He tears his ACL, the team knows him, they believe in him, they offer him a big, multi-year deal, taking into account that he tore his ACL and would not be back until mid-November, and then he was locked up and just had a team for the next several years."
Beckham's demands don't seem too far-fetched. The three-time Pro-Bowler has far outpaced Gallup in production during their NFL careers.
Rapaport also reported that Beckham is eyeing mid to late November as a potential return date, so there is still time for a team to sign him. Wednesday, Rams coach Sean McVay seemed to keep the door open for the Rams to continue negotiations with Beckham.
Beckham joined the Rams midway through last season and played well, catching 48 passes for 593 yards and a touchdown in 12 games. He scored a touchdown in the Super Bowl before injuring his knee.
According to Rapaport, "it doesn't look like any other team" aside from the Rams has emerged as a serious contender to sign Beckham. However, Beckham's social media action indicates that he's not exactly keen on returning to Los Angeles for the veteran minimum.
"The team that knows him best, the team whose doctor did his surgery, the team who had him in the Super Bowl last year — he probably would have been the MVP had he not hurt his knee — he wanted them to make a much bigger play for him," Rapaport said.