PHOENIX — The NFL meeting had a surprise guest Tuesday: free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham, who lives in Arizona, stopped by Biltmore, Arizona, where most of the NFL’s owners, general managers and coaches congregate, this week with several GMs and coaches, including Jets head coach Robert Saleh and GM Joe Douglas. I talked.
Sources said the meeting was “very informal,” with only chatting in the courtyard of the hotel.
Beckham also spent time chatting with Rams general manager Les Snead and Browns coach Kevin Stefanski.
CBS Sports reported that Beckham has officially met with the Ravens.
The Jets have confirmed their interest in Beckham.
“I had a productive conversation with Odell’s agent, Zeke Sandu,” Douglas said Monday. “Odell is obviously a really talented player. He worked for several teams a few weeks ago.
“We’ll see how that process unfolds, but we’ve had conversations.”
Aaron Rodgers has said he wants to play with Beckham, and the two could reach an agreement at some point this offseason.
However, Beckham’s price may need to be lowered before the Jets make a deal with him.
Team owner Woody Johnson said the fact that Beckham is considering the Jets shows how much the Jets have improved as a team.
“The fact that Odell Beckham, with his character and quality and ability, considered us and wanted to be with us if he wanted to, is almost a compliment,” Johnson said.
Beckham stayed at the hotel for about an hour and accompanied agent Zeke Sandu.
Douglas said Monday that his stop at the Biltmore may have been unexpected, as he has nothing planned with Beckham.