Odell Beckham is available and the New Orleans Saints need to grab him if they can.
It’s been a crazy week for the NFL. One thing after another happened, and it only got crazier as the Cleveland Browns officially released star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. This seemed inevitable as the relationship between the team and Beckham Jr. has gotten messy.
Nonetheless, Beckham Jr. will look to find a new home for Sundays, and it’s very possible he could join New Orleans. Beckham Jr. is a Louisiana native and attended college at LSU.
New Orleans Saints can acquire Beckham through waivers
Beckham will first go through waivers. Currently, the Saints are 23rd in waiver priority. This puts them ahead of potential suitors like the Las Vegas Raiders, Green Bay Packers, and the Baltimore Ravens. However, they are behind potential suitors like the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, and the Indianapolis Colts.
However, Beckham Jr. may go unclaimed. Adam Schefter reported that the Browns terminated the final two years in Beckham Jr.’s deal. On top of this, a team would have to pay $7.25 million. That is a very significant amount of money for a player at this point in the season.
With this happening, it’s more and more likely that he will be a free agent. Though not impossible, the Saints could roll the dice and claim him. It would take some maneuvering of the cap space, but that is no problem for general manager Mickey Loomis.
If Beckham Jr. passes through waivers unclaimed, then he will become a free agent. This is the most likely route to happen.
The Saints would undoubtedly get involved as they were trying to trade for him at the trade deadline. Though with teams getting to offer their own contract in this scenario, there will be a lot of interest. This will make it hard for the Saints to sign the 29-year-old.
While Louisana might be home, it will be tough for Beckham Jr. to turn down the chance to play for some of these other teams. For example, if the Green Bay Packers gave him an offer, it would be really tough to turn down playing with Aaron Rodgers.
However, the Saints have one thing most of these teams can’t provide: One of the greatest offensive play-callers of all time in Sean Payton. Payton most certainly can design plays for the wideout, which is something he will most certainly value.
It will be interesting to see how the Beckham Jr. saga plays out. Whether it’s New Orleans or not, Beckham Jr. will be finding himself a new home.