PHOENIX — The NFL meetings had a surprise guest Tuesday: free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham, who lives in Arizona, dropped into the Arizona Biltmore — where most of the NFL owners, general managers and coaches are this week — and chatted up several GMs and coaches, including Jets head coach Robert Saleh and GM Joe Douglas.
A source said the meeting was “very informal” and they just chatted in a courtyard at the hotel.
Beckham also spent time talking to Rams GM Les Snead and Browns coach Kevin Stefanski.
CBS Sports reported that Beckham has had a formal meeting with the Ravens.
The Jets have admitted they are interested in Beckham.
“I’ve had some productive conversations with Odell’s agent, Zeke Sandhu,” Douglas said Monday. “Odell is obviously a really talented player. He worked out for several teams a few weeks ago.
“We’ll see how that process plays out, but we have had conversations.”
Aaron Rodgers has said he would like to play with Beckham, and it is possible the two sides will end up making a deal at some point this offseason.
Joe Douglas and the Jets continue to stay in contact with Odell Beckham.USA TODAY Sports
Beckham’s price may have to come down, however, before the Jets can do a deal with him.
Team owner Woody Johnson said the fact Beckham is even considering the Jets shows how improved they are as a team.
“The fact that Odell Beckham, a man of his character and the quality and his ability, would consider us and want to be with us if that’s what he wants is pretty much a compliment,” Johnson said.
Beckham was at the hotel for about an hour and was accompanied by his agent, Zeke Sandhu.
Douglas said on Monday that there was nothing scheduled with Beckham so his drop-in to the Biltmore may have been unexpected.