Odell Beckham Jr.'s ugly divorce from the Browns led to a $500,000 bonus thanks to Rams' playoff win

Odell Beckham Jr. celebrates a play during the Rams' playoff win over the Cardinals.
Odell Beckham Jr. celebrates a play during the Rams' playoff win over the Cardinals.AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
  • Odell Beckham Jr. was a key part of the Rams playoff win over the Arizona Cardinals

  • OBJ also cashed in on a $500,000 bonus thanks to the Rams' first postseason victory.

  • After a few seasons slumping in Cleveland, Beckham has thrived since arriving in Los Angeles.

Odell Beckham Jr. is having a blast.

Since joining the Los Angeles Rams, OBJ has been thriving, with his mid-season acquisition paying off in a big way for the Rams in their playoff win over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.

Beckham opened the scoring for the Rams with an impressive touchdown catch over corner Marco Wilson.

It was the first playoff touchdown of Beckham's career.

Later in the game, Beckham would get to show off his arm on a nifty trick play that helped the Rams slam the door shut on what turned out to be a dominant win.

With the win, Beckham also secured $500,000 in bonus money. He could cash in on an even bigger payday should the Rams prevail against the Buccaneers in Tampa next weekend.

For Beckham, the thought of playoff heroics must have felt like a long way away just a few months ago.

Starting the season in his third year with the Cleveland Browns, Beckham had been lifeless.

Through six games he had just 17 catches with no touchdowns. It was an extention of a disappointing stint with the Browns which saw Odell, one of the brightest young stars in football when he joined the team, catch just seven touchdowns in Cleveland.

Things came to a head when Beckham's father posted a video on social media criticizing the Browns and quarterback Baker Mayfield, showing plays in which Beckham appeared to be open but was missed or never even thrown the ball.

In November, Beckham was released in by the Browns, and quickly joined the Rams on a one-year deal that came with plenty of incentives, including the postseason paydays he's cashing in on now.

For the Rams, the deal could not have worked out better. After the loss of wide receiver Robert Woods to injury, Beckham quickly slotted in as the second receiving option in the Los Angeles offense behind Cooper Kupp.

Since joining Los Angeles, Beckham has already found the end zone six times, nearly surpassing his production in three years with Cleveland in just nine games played.

The deal is working out pretty well for Beckham as well. Not only do the Rams' postseason wins come with a nice payday for him, but his performance on the field is undoubtedly setting himself up for a bigger contract next season than his play with the Browns would have demanded, either with the Rams or somewhere else.

With another win for the Rams on Sunday, Beckham will be $750,000 richer, but thanks to the impact his short stint in Los Angeles has had on his next potential contract, Beckham's move to the Rams has already paid off in far greater ways.

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