The Odell Beckham Jr. draw is heating up on Wednesday. Beckham approved the waivers after 4 p.m. ET Tuesday and now, the former Browns catcher is free to sign wherever he wants.
Unsurprisingly, there are many suitors for Beckham’s services. He struggled to catch up with Baker Mayfield during his time in Cleveland, but still averaged 13.9 yards per reception during his more than two years there. And NFL teams are always looking for more talent to host.
Beckham seems to want a thing or two with his new landing site. You want to play for a contender, but you also want to be in a situation where you can achieve many goals. He averaged just 2.8 receptions per game for the Browns this season, so he’s looking for a bigger role.Rumors are spinning like crazy about Beckham, and it looks like he’s narrowing down his list a bit. ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports she’s “perfecting” the Packers, Chiefs and Saints as her top three picks.
On the day he could make his final decision, free agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. is targeting the Chiefs, Packers and Saints, according to league sources.
– Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) November 10, 2021
Does that rule out a late offer from other teams that are interested in him, like the Patriots and Seahawks? Certainly not, so until Beckham officially makes his choice, all options will be on the table.What’s the latest on Odell Beckham Jr.’s status? These are the buzz surrounding your top landing spots as you look to make a decision on where to play next.PLUS: What happened to Odell Beckham Jr.? Browns WR Drama Explained
Green Bay Packers
The Packers appear to be one of the pioneers in signing Beckham right now. Podcast host Jordan Schultz He noted Tuesday that Beckham has “prioritized the Packers as his number one destination” as a free agent. Russini’s report that the Packers are among the finalists Beckham is perfecting on would apparently back that up.Green Bay could use a real No. 2 catcher to compliment Davante Adams, so Beckham would make sense here. He also hasn’t played a quarterback like current MVP Aaron Rodgers during his career, so some NFL executives think that might appeal to him, according to Atlético’s Ben Standig.LANDING POINTS OBJ: Ranking of the 6 best fits after the Browns pitch
New England Patriots
The Patriots have had a tendency to go after disgruntled big-name receivers under Bill Belichick’s watch. In 2019, they signed Antonio Brown after his tumultuous months with the Raiders. Could they do the same with Beckham after his departure from the Browns?It’s an idea the team has at least explored. The team has been in contact with Beckham’s camp, for Jeff Howe from The Athletic, and Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston reports that the Patriots are intrigued by Beckham’s abilities and might try signing him.”The probability is there,” Curran said of Beckham’s arrival in New England. according to NBC Sports Boston. “The people I’ve talked to in Foxboro over the past week about Odell Beckham, no one has once expressed their doubts to me that it could be an intriguing ad. I’ve also had people tell me it does bring a skill that is not necessarily represented in his offense. “The Patriots aren’t on the list of possible landing spots Russini reported, but maybe they can put in an 11-hour full-court press to sell Beckham on the resurrection of his career under Belichick and Co.PLUS: Randy Moss names his two favorite landing spots for Odell Beckham
Kansas City Chiefs
Russini’s latest report indicates that the Chiefs are one of Beckham’s preferred landing spots. It makes sense, as the team has struggled to find a quality No. 2 receiver and replacement for Sammy Watkins this season. They signed Josh Gordon after he rejoined the NFL, but that experiment has yet to work.Schultz reported that the Chiefs had a conversation with Beckham, so they certainly seem to have an interest in him. And if Beckham wants to play a top-tier quarterback, teaming up with Patrick Mahomes makes perfect sense despite the recent struggles of the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.NFL WEEK 10 SELECTIONS: Against the spread | Straight up
New Orleans Saints
The Saints have shown interest in Beckham since the trade deadline. ESPN’s Kimberley A. Martin reported that they were one of the teams that had trade discussions about Beckham before finally deciding to pass a play.
I was told there were discussions about: Odell was going to the #Saints – but both parties couldn’t agree on a workable deal, given the amount OBJ is owed for the rest of the year.
That said, the Saints are still interested in Beckham, and New Orleans is a different kind of landing place than the others on this list.The Saints don’t have a great quarterback right now. Trevor Siemian is the starter with Jameis Winston out of season. However, they have a chance for Beckham to be a true No. 1 receiver on this offense.Michael Thomas is also out of season, and the Saints have largely taken a committee approach as a receiver. Marquez Callaway has looked good at times, but the team lacks a true No. 1 receiver.Beckham could have a chance to be in New Orleans. That’s why the team appears to be one of three teams he’s concentrating on, according to Russini. Additionally, Beckham went to college at LSU and grew up in New Orleans. So that connection could make this a more legitimate landing site than most realize.PLUS: Baker Mayfield wishes “good friend” Odell Beckham Jr. the best.
The Seahawks are another team that has expressed interest in Beckham. Mike Jones from USA TODAY reported that the Seahawks were “a potential suitor to watch out for” in Beckham’s draw, and The cryptic message of Pete Carroll Before Beckham got to waivers, he seemed to hint that the interest was mutual.Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk reported over the weekend that Beckham preferred landing with the Seahawks. That would pair him with a top-tier quarterback in Russell Wilson, but he would also be the No. 3 receiver on that offense for DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.Is that something Beckham is willing to do? It seems possible given the smoke surrounding the Seahawks. However, they weren’t one of the three teams Russini reported Beckham is “fine-tuning,” so it appears Seattle has stepped back in the bidding war for their services.