Odell Beckham Jr. Cut!
What’s Next for OBJ as The Browns Swing The Axe?
In a shocking turn of events, the Cleveland Browns have said goodbye to WR Odell Beckham Junior, the team announced on Friday.
The wide receiver had been excused from practice on back-to-back days due to personal reasons leading to the release. After not getting traded despite speculations, there was a lot of uncertainty about what the future would hold for Beckham Jr. All of this came after Beckham Jr's father released a video following Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh.
In the video, Beckham Jr's father criticized Browns QB Baker Mayfield for not throwing the ball his way, claiming he was wide-open almost all the time. Last week also marked the first game Beckham Jr. has played all season due to an injury suffered last season.
As for the rest of his time spent in Cleveland, you could say it's been less than eventful. Beckham has succumbed to the injury bug after finishing his first season (2019) in Cleveland with more than 1,000 yards receiving.
While OBJ possesses some talent on the field, he also has his fair share of issues off the field. One of the most outrageous OBJ rumors surfaced in 2020 when a woman accused Beckham of having quite the weird fetish.
Despite all of the rumors and hijinks that always trail Beckham, he is still an ultra-talented receiver. After his release from the Browns, he is now a free agent and is open for any team to pounce. Out of the 32 teams in the NFL, five teams would give Beckham the best chance to succeed.
The first team that I could see signing the star wideout would be the New Orleans Saints. After the announcement of Michael Thomas missing the remainder of the season, the Saints need a true WR1. Also, with Jameis Winston out, Beckham would be an excellent addition for Trevor Siemian and the New Orleans offense.
The second team is the Las Vegas Raiders. Vegas just released their top receiver in Henry Ruggs III, who is facing a felony charge of DUI resulting in the death of another person. As a result, they are currently thin at wide receiver. Adding Beckham would not only fill that void, but he will add some much-needed speed on the outside. While Beckham isn't nearly as fast as Ruggs, he still adds plenty of versatility. Not to mention, it's the Derek Carr show in Vegas, and adding Beckham would nice replacement for Ruggs.
The New England Patriots are next on my list. Sitting at 4-4, the Pats need a push for the postseason. OBJ is very enticing, and the Patriots want to give Mac Jones some help on offense. I think OBJ would be a great fit in New England because Bill Belichick knows how to get the most out of his players. I believe Beckham still has a lot left in the tank, and Belichick will help Beckham find his way. Also, Beckham would add some much-needed depth on the outside, as the Pats could use an upgrade from Jakobi Meyers as their top target.
The fourth team on my list is the Atlanta Falcons. Yes, my Atlanta Falcons have a legit case for Odell Beckham. Like the Raiders, the Falcons need to fill in a hole at wide receiver. With Calvin Ridley taking an extending break from the game, the Falcons need a playmaker on the outside. While Kyle Pitts has shown plenty of promise, he is only one man, and the Panthers did an excellent job of containing him last week. I can't think of a better way to give Matt Ryan another weapon than with the addition of Odell. With absolutely no defense, adding Odell would also help the offense compete in a tight contest.
The fifth and final team on my list is the Green Bay Packers. Could you imagine Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball to Davante Adams and Odell Beckham? Do I need to say more? While Beckham wouldn't be Rodgers' top target on offense, he would undoubtedly give Rodgers an edge over everyone else in that quest for another ring. While Rodgers is currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the quarterback has been very vocal in recent years with his desire to upgrade his weapons on offense.
While there are plenty of options out there for OBJ, it's just a matter of time before a deal turns up. When it happens, it's probably going to make plenty of headlines.
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