Odell Beckham Jr. not choosing Saints makes sense

Odell Beckham Jr. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Odell Beckham Jr. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

For the past week, rumors circulated if former Giants and Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. would join the New Orleans Saints and finally give them a decent wide receiver. They had been in trade discussions with the Browns ahead of the deadline but nothing ended up happening.

Well, OBJ chose the Rams, and apparently, the Saints weren’t one of the final two teams he narrowed it down to.

While on the surface, it felt like the Saints were a good fit for OBJ, it’s not a shock that he chose the bright lights of Los Angeles over New Orleans. One of the main reasons why was that in LA, he’d be catching passes from Matthew Stafford. If you surveyed 10 players and asked them if they’d rather catch passes from Stafford Trevor Siemian/Taysom Hill, all 10 of them would say Stafford (and if they didn’t, they’re lying).

The Rams are also Super Bowl contenders, which — if we’re being honest — the Saints are not. This defense is good enough to win it all but when the offense can barely move the ball down the field, it’s tough to win games like that, let alone a Super Bowl.

As of now, the Rams’ odds to win the Super Bowl — per WynnBET — are +800 (good for fourth-best odds in the entire league) while New Orleans’ odds sit at +6000. Yeah, I’d say OBJ made the right choice if he’s looking for a Super Bowl ring.

Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t pick the Saints

People thought since OBJ grew up in Louisiana and played college football at LSU that the Saints would be on his radar and to his credit, they appeared to be. What it likely came down to was playing for a true contender and having a quarterback who would look his way.

There’s no doubt that Beckham would have gotten more targets than he’d ever dream of in the Big Easy, but the guy wants to be on a winning team. The Browns were decent this year and that wasn’t good enough for him, so why would he want to go somewhere with a third-string quarterback potentially on the field?

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I’ll be curious to see how Beckham does with the Rams and if he’s able to get the number of targets he craves while competing with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. If he makes it count in Los Angeles, then good for him.