The Cleveland Browns have an awesome offense led by Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt. Notice how we didn’t mention Odell Beckham Jr. there? This team dominated in the running game and has yet to use OBJ in the same manner that once made him a worldwide superstar.
Since they have yet to find the unstoppable connection that made Beckham so dominant when he was paired with Eli Manning, there have been seemingly constant trade rumors surrounding the three-time Pro Bowl receiver.
Any trade involving Beckham is uniquely complicated in that he hasn’t had the same success since 2016, despite still being just 28. There are absolutely teams out there who believe they can plug OBJ into their offense and recoup the explosive potential he once had.
It’s likely one of the same reasons why the Browns’ general manager Andrew Berry has been reluctant to swing a trade for the once iconic NFL receiver. The Browns have always hoped Beckham would tap into his early days of being unstoppable, only now with Mayfield. Whether it’s due to their offensive style, or something else, Beckham has simply not been the game-breaker he once was.
So, despite looking like contenders, maybe the Browns should seriously consider their options. How much would a team be willing to offer for an Odell Beckham Jr. trade? Here are four landing spots for the talented wideout.
San Francisco 49ers add Odell Beckham to solidify receiving corps
The San Francisco 49ers have invested some premium draft picks into their receivers in the past few years, but so far it’s just Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and then a major dropoff in production. Last year’s first-round pick Brandon Aiyuk has flashed at times but hasn’t been able to put it all together consistently.
Although they don’t have a ton of 2022 draft capital, whether it’s to help veteran Jimmy Garoppolo, or the kid Trey Lance, the 49ers could look to add another weapon for whoever is under center. Enter Odell Beckham Jr. Head coach Mike Shanahan would have the time of his life, building gameplans for what could be a kickass offense.
New Orleans Saints bring Odell home
Not only do the New Orleans Saints need a better wide receiver group for Jameis Winston, but Odell also happens to be from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Like pretty much all the best receivers in the NFL these days, Beckham also starred with the LSU Tigers. It’s the perfect match.
Maybe the Saints could even pull off a wide receiver swap with the Browns if Michael Thomas intrigues them. Who are we kidding? Of course Thomas is intriguing, but when will he be healthy enough to help Baker Mayfield?
Green Bay Packers load up for Super Bowl run, add OBJ
We’ve seen the Green Bay Packers make a small move to try and make amends with Aaron Rodgers, by bringing in Randall Cobb before the season began. If Rodgers thawed the ice and talked to GM Brian Gutekunst about adding Odell Beckham Jr., maybe the decision-maker would try and accommodate his Super Bowl-winning QB here too?
Beckham would complement Davante Adams well, allowing Randall Cobb to still operate out of the slot position, forming a nasty trio for AR12 to throw darts to. With Adams set to be a free agent in 2022, maybe an early look at another receiver who was once considered the game’s best wouldn’t be such a bad idea?
Odell Beckham makes Giants pay by going to division rival Eagles
I could be wrong, but it doesn’t seem like there’s any current animosity toward the New York Giants for trading Odell Beckham Jr., on the other hand, he’s never experienced the same fame and fortune since. Maybe there’s a small part of OBJ that would get amped to face his former team twice a year by suiting up for the Philadelphia Eagles instead.
Rookie receiver DeVonta Smith looks like the real deal, quarterback Jalen Hurts is still developing, but he’s making strides in his game with every start. Adding a veteran receiver such as Beckham could give Hurts another weapon capable of winning his one-on-one battles outside the numbers. Philly should at least look into the idea if they feel it would help, not hinder, Hurt’s progress.