The NOLA Saints did not trade for a wide receiver before the trade deadline hit on Tuesday and now they’ll officially be without Michael Thomas this season. It makes sense why the black and gold would be interested in Odell Beckham Jr., even with all of the drama that’s surrounding him and the Cleveland Browns at the moment.
Jordan Schultz tweeted that the Saints are one of two teams who have “displayed interest” in Beckham. Schultz notes that Beckham isn’t currently speaking with his head coach and that the Browns could decide to release him. If that’s what was to happen, New Orleans would be free to sign him.
Schultz also adds that OBJ is still planning on playing Sunday. We’ll see what happens but somehow I doubt that with all that’s been going on.
NOLA Saints showing interest in Odell Beckham Jr
The Saints’ interest in the former first-round pick makes perfect sense. They’re going to be without Michael Thomas for the entire season and their best receivers through seven games have been Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris. The team recently got Tre’Quan Smith back and he scored his first touchdown of the season last week in that fiery win over Tampa Bay.
With all of that said, however, I’m not sure scooping up OBJ is a good move for New Orleans. There’s drama surrounding him in Cleveland and there was drama between him and the Giants (his first NFL team). If Trevor Siemian and/or Taysom Hill failed to send the ball OBJ’s way in a game, who knows what kind of distraction he could become for this team? They don’t need that right now, especially with the momentum they currently have.
OBJ also isn’t the same dominant receiver he once was. He’s struggled to stay healthy in recent years, appearing in just 13 games over the past two seasons. He’s not the clutch receiver Saints fans remembered watching at LSU. He’s just not that anymore.
While the Saints are desperate for wide receiver help, I’m not sure bringing in someone like OBJ is the best course of action for them at this time.