3 ideal landing spots for Odell Beckham, Jr. in free agency
Odell Beckham, Jr. is one of the most intriguing players on the NFL free agent market in 2022. In 12 regular season and playoff games with the Los Angeles Rams, the three-time pro bowler has reinvigorated his damaged reputation. The superstar talent he once showed with the New York Giants looks to be returning to the Super Bowl-winning team.
Unfortunately for the man known as “OBJ,” he suffered a torn ACL in his left leg during the first half of Super Bowl LVI. It was the second time he had torn that particular ligament since 2020. Within minutes, he went from a player who scored a touchdown in the biggest game of the year and had searing value to an agent. free who may not be ready for the start of the season.
After tearing the same ligament twice, there’s sure to be some trepidation from teams about handing the former LSU a big deal. Nonetheless, he’s too talented for teams that need a punch not to come calling. Here are three ideal landing spots for “OBJ”.
Las Vegas Raiders and OBJ are a match made in marketing heaven
The idea of Beckham, Jr. in a Las Vegas Raiders uniform just seems too perfect. For a franchise long known for having unique characters wearing silver and black, Beckham, Jr.’s persona would be a marketing dream as the team continues to build a fan base in Vegas.
The Raiders were the league’s sixth-best passing team last season as Derek Carr and Hunter Renfrow formed a dynamic combination. At first glance, it looks like they don’t need Beckham, Jr. But the Rams probably didn’t need him either. Still, look at how impactful placing Beckham, Jr. on the other side of Cooper Kupp became for the eventual Super Bowl champions.
- Stats for Odell Beckham, Jr. (2022): 44 receptions, 537 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns
Beckham, Jr. could be that extra ingredient to take Las Vegas to another level and make it a legitimate title contender. Additionally, if Beckham’s asking price isn’t high after his injury, the team has nearly $18 million in cap space to make him a solid offer.
Seattle Seahawks finally get a star for Wilson
It looks like Russell Wilson never got a pro-level wide receiver to throw TDs. Sure, Doug Baldwin was a solid and reliable target, but he was far from what Beckham, Jr. can be at his best.
After their first losing season in more than a decade and a passing game that ranked 23rd in the league, the Seahawks are long overdue for a significant free agent splash. Plus, if the trade rumors about the 2014 Super Bowl-winning QB aren’t true, then give the franchise a helping hand.
At 33, Wilson still has many good years ahead of him. A Wilson-Beckham, Jr. combo could bring the team back to prominence in the NFC West. And with nearly $34 million in cap space, the team has the money to make the move.
Miami Dolphins get help for Tua Tagovailoa
The Miami Dolphins have a strong talent pool and the most available cap space in the league. With new coach Mike McDaniel on board, the team is expected to splurge in free agency to improve the squad and help their young QB Tua Tagovailoa.
The Dolphins were in the middle of the pack when it came to assists, and Tagovailoa racked up a poultry rush for 2,653 yards last season. It’s a disappointing number after 12 starts in a league where 3,000-yard seasons are much easier than decades past.
Rising talent Jaylen Waddle has done an admirable job of rushing for over 1,000 yards in 2021. He and his QB would benefit greatly by bringing in Beckham, Jr. and relieving some of the pressure at a time by bringing their passing game to a new level. A level that could make him a serious contender for the AFC East title next season.