Free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham appears to be close to making his triumphant return to the NFL. The three-time Pro Bowler missed the entirety of the 2022 season after tearing his ACL in Super Bowl 56, but Beckham was healthy enough to host a workout for interested teams. Plenty of organizations showed up for the event, but these six teams are the most likely to land his services.
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Top 6 Odell Beckham Free Agent Destinations, Ranked
The Dallas Cowboys are on the hunt for a better receiver to pair opposite CeeDee Lamb, and Odell Beckham might be the man for the job. Nobody is expecting him to be as good as he was from 2014 to 2016, but if he can play as well as he did with the Rams, he could be the difference between winning the NFC East and having to play in another Wild Card game.
Ravens fans might be tired of being linked to every wide receiver on the market, but it’s not going to stop until the team gets some playmakers that actually belong on an NFL field. Perhaps Rashod Bateman can break out in Year 3, but the Ravens need another player with upside, and Beckham might be the most cost-effective option there is.
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints have a huge need at wide receiver, and not much money with which to address it. Chris Olave is a superstar in the making, but the rest of the depth chart leaves a lot to be desired. The 2021 version of Beckham would easily be the second-best receiver on this team, and since he missed all of 2023, it should be easy for New Orleans to construct an incentive-laden deal that won’t carry a large cap hit.
Kansas City Chiefs
If the Chiefs offense is good enough to win the Super Bowl without Tyreek Hill, then imagine how dangerous they’d be with Odell Beckham. The team needs another receiver with Juju Smith-Schuster set to hit free agency, and Beckham has the potential to be an upgrade on the outside. While they are among the favorites for DeAndre Hopkins, they might prefer a player they won’t need to trade for.
New York Giants
Who doesn’t like a homecoming story? Beckham, of course, spent the early portion of his career with the New York Giants and established himself as one of the best players in the league. However, he hasn’t been the same since he left the Big Apple, and now both sides would have a lot to gain from a reunion. New York has one of the worst wide receiver rooms in the league, and Beckham could probably start right away if he is even 50% of the player he used to be.
Los Angeles Chargers
As of this posting, the Chargers are putting a lot of faith in two players that struggle to stay on the field. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are great when they’re healthy, but both players have battled injuries throughout their career. Beckham obviously isn’t the picture of health, but Los Angeles could use another body as added injury protection. Justin Herbert is amazing, but he does need at least one NFL-caliber receiver in order to work his magic.
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