There are still no details of the deal as of yet, but Irv Smith has been contacted about his signing, saying, "It's a great organization. Great coaching staff. (Head coach) Zac Taylor was very adamant about me coming to the team knowing what I can do to help the offense."
Prior to the signing, Devin Asiasi was the only tight end under contract with a feasible amount of NFL playing time. Smith, who doesn't turn 25 until the week of the preseason opener, had a career-high 36 catches as a rookie before injuries wiped out all of 2021 (torn meniscus) and half of 2022 (ankle). With Burrow hooking up C.J. Uzomah to career-highs in 2021 and Hayden Hurst to the second 50-catch season of his career in 2022, he thinks he's in the right place at the right time.
Smith has a chance to be a solid TE2 in fantasy, and we'll have to wait and see if the team still aims for the position during the NFL Draft.
It's been well over a calendar year since we've seen Beckham in a uniform, but he had some truly great moments with the Rams, including a touchdown in the Super Bowl and a 113-yard game in the Conference Championship. He also proved to be an inconsistent part of the offense at times. If Los Angeles brings him back, he would eat heavily into Allen Robinson and/or Van Jefferson's snaps, as they deployed him from out wide on around 80% of his snaps through his 12 games with the team.