Saints had discussions with Browns about trading for Odell Beckham Jr

Odell Beckham Jr. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Odell Beckham Jr. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

The 2021 NFL trade deadline came and went and the New Orleans Saints decided to remain pat with what they had at wide receiver. They did, however, almost strike a deal with the Browns for dramatic wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., per Kimberley Martin.

Martin tweeted minutes after the deadline that there were discussions between the Saints and Browns regarding OBJ but that the two couldn’t come to an agreement on his contract. Cleveland also seemed optimistic that the wide receiver could come in handy for the second half of the season.

Here’s the tweet from Martin:

Saints inquired about Odell Beckham Jr.

I’m fine that the Saints passed on this potential trade. Yes, they needed a receiver but Beckham is nothing but a drama queen these days. His father posted a video on Tuesday morning of all of the instances of Baker Mayfield not targeting his son and this isn’t the first time Beckham’s been dramatic. Remember the watch situation in 2019? Remember him and Mayfield going back and forth in 2019?

Also, Beckham isn’t the same guy we once watched dazzle in New York with the Giants. He’s played in just 29 games since being traded to the Browns in 2019 and hasn’t done much for them at all the past two seasons.

The Saints already have drama surrounding one of their wide receivers, so adding Beckham would have been a bad move. He had over 1,000 yards receiving in 2019 but he’s played in 13 games since then and isn’t worth the headache.

I wish the Saints had made a move for a wide receiver but if the only option was trading for Beckham, then I’m fine with them standing pat.

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Moving forward, New Orleans should hopefully get Michael Thomas back at some point but until then, Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris will remain as the two main receivers for this team. It was a need for the Saints but hey — They clearly believe in what they have at the position.