One wide receiver diva on the New Orleans Saints is plenty.
With the NFL trade deadline looming, rumors that the Saints could nab Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continue to circulate, but OBJ is quite possibly one of the worst targets New Orleans could pick up right now.
The guy would have to board a plane to NOLA with four checked-in bags of passive aggression, attitude, and overall bad juju.
OBJ’s dad recently posted a video showing the times Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield didn’t throw the ball to Beckham when he was open.
The eighth-year wideout recorded one catch for six yards in Cleveland’s Week 8 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mayfield did try to find OBJ late in the game, but Beckham couldn’t secure the catch.
Regardless, the Saints don’t need OBJ, and they definitely don’t need his drama. The Twitter fire from Michael Thomas’ preseason posts still stings.
New Orleans Saints should avoid OBJ like the plague in 2021
A source told ESPN that the Browns have no plans to trade Beckham by Tuesday’s trade deadline, nor have the Browns received any offers for the wideout.
Cleveland would save $15 million on their salary cap if they trade or release Beckham next offseason, but Beckham is currently under contract for two more seasons.
No matter Beckham’s availability, the Saints should NOT bite.
While New Orleans remains in dire need of a quality WR, a boom-or-bust receiver like Beckham would just wreak havoc in their already devastated passing game.
Beckham’s best years, his Pro Bowl days in New York, are long behind him and he’s no longer capable of recording a 1,000 yard season — he’ll be lucky to make it to 500 in 2021.
So far this season, Beckham has missed several games due to injury, which is also another inconvenience that the Saints don’t need on their hands. In six games, he caught just 17 passes for 232 yards with no scores yet.
The Saints are much better off waiting for Thomas to recover or picking up any other dependable pass target this trade deadline. Literally, anyone else. Convince Chris Hogan to come out of retirement, we don’t care. Just stay away from OBJ.