As his return to full health draws nearer, Odell Beckham Jr.‘s name continues to draw attention. The list of potential suitors for the free agent wideout is likely to start taking shape, and one of the teams recently named as an interested party could be moving to the front of the line.
Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports that the Chiefs are “regarded as [a] strong contender” to sign Beckham (Twitter link). He adds that the three-time Pro Bowler remains on schedule with respect to his ACL rehab, which should allow him to see the field in mid-November.
Kansas City was not initially on the radar for a Beckham signing, but the AFC West leaders were named as a landing spot earlier this month. The team’s offseason was marked by the numerous changes made at the WR position after trading away Tyreek Hill. The additions of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency, along with Skyy Moore in the draft, gave Patrick Mahomes plenty of new pieces to work with in 2022.
So far, things have gone as well as could be expected for their offense; the Chiefs rank fourth in the NFL with an average of 289 passing yards per game (although tight end Travis Kelce is the leading receiver). The fact that he recently restructured his contract for the second time in 2022 opened up some financial breathing space for Kansas City, and they now sit mid-pack in terms of cap space.
Since his Super Bowl exit, it has been widely expected that Beckham, 29, would reunite with the Rams; alternatively, speculation has linked him to a Buffalo signing, which would once again pair him with Von Miller. However, the Rams’ offer and the Bills’ level of interest have led to a broadening of potential destinations outside those two teams. The effect (if any) that a serious offer from the Chiefs would have on Beckham and the league’s other suitors would be interesting to watch as the countdown to his ultimate decision continues.