While the New Orleans Saints would love to have Odell Beckham Jr. on their roster, the highly-coveted wide receiver has made it known that he’d like to end up with the Packers should he clear waivers.
OBJ was released by the Browns last week but officially hit the waiver wire on Monday. If he was picked up by a team on the waiver wire, that team would be responsible for paying him the remaining $7 million on his contract. If he clears waivers, he gets to pick where he goes and the Browns are on the hook for paying him the rest of that deal.
As of this writing, Beckham hasn’t been claimed by a team and Jordan Schultz reported that OBJ wants to land in Green Bay if he clears waivers.
Odell Beckham Jr. has the Packers as his No. 1 destination, not the Saints.
It’s not surprising that Beckham doesn’t have the Saints as his top option. They lost Jameis Winston to injury in Week 8 and while Trevor Siemian isn’t terrible, if guys have an option between catching passes from Aaron Rodgers or Siemian, they’re going to pick Rodgers 10 times out of 10.
Just because this is where OBJ wants to end up doesn’t mean it’ll happen that way. The Saints are still a desirable location and OBJ would be the main man on the offensive side of the ball. No receiver is going to threaten him for targets whereas in Green Bay, he’d be battling with Davante Adams for targets.
New Orleans has a good enough defense to win them a Super Bowl but the offense is what’s holding them back. Beckham would help them out on the offensive side of the ball but if he has a choice in where he lands, Green Bay makes perfect sense for him.
Let’s hope he still at least considers coming to the Big Easy.