‘Odell Beckham Jr. Watch’ is moving on to hour 30, and it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be ending any time soon. According to Kim Jones and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (via Twitter), the free agent wideout’s decision is still “a few days away.”
After passing through waivers unclaimed yesterday, OBJ is officially a free agent for the first time in his career, and the receiver intends to take his time as he determines his next destination. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweets that “as many as eight teams” have made a play at signing the veteran. The Saints, Seahawks, Patriots, Packers, Chiefs, and (kind of) the Raiders have all been connected to the Beckham over the past few days, and it sounds like a handful of mystery teams are also in the hunt.
While OBJ has made it clear that he’ll prioritize a team with a reliable QB and a shot at winning the championship, it sounds like money is also a factor. Albert Breer of TheMMQB tweets that the player’s $4.25MM termination pay allows the player to double-dip and make up some of the money he gave up to Cleveland. Beckham reworked his Browns deal before he was cut, making him a 2022 free agent instead of a 2024 UFA.
After two-and-a-half seasons and 29 total games, OBJ left Cleveland with 114 catches and 1,586 yards, good for an average of 13.9 yards per reception. He scored just seven receiving touchdowns along the way, with per-game averages of 3.9 grabs and 54.7 yards per contest. But, before he relocated to Ohio, Beckham was an absolute monster in New York. OBJ topped 1,300 yards in each of his first three seasons, including a career-high 1,450 yards in 2015. And, after his lost 2017 season, he still managed 77 catches, 1,052 yards, and six touchdowns in a 12-game 2018.
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