This offseason, the New Orleans Saints successfully nabbed two notable LSU grads in Tyrann Mathieu and Jarvis Landry — could Odell Beckham Jr. be next?
The Saints locked down Landry most recently, signing the veteran free agent to a one-year deal worth up to $6 million just two weeks after NOLA also lured Mathieu back to his roots.
While the team didn’t target those players solely on the basis of their LSU connection, there’s an inkling of a pattern going on here. The fans see it, and Landry does too — the five-time Pro Bowler took to social media to convince an old friend to follow the trend and join him in New Orleans.
Bringing on OBJ would be a hell of a third homecoming.
New Orleans Saints’ Jarvis Landry seems to want to play with OBJ in 2022
Landry and OBJ played together on the Cleveland Browns for two and a half seasons before Beckham left for the Rams this past year.
Both Landry and Beckham recorded 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2019, but between the two of them, Beckham arguably never lived up to his hype after his trade to the Browns. During his time in Cleveland, Beckham racked up 1,586 yards and seven touchdowns, which equates to roughly the same production that he had in his second year in New York.
Beckham enjoyed three seasons of double-digit touchdowns on the New York Giants, yet in a single season in Cleveland he couldn’t surpass five.
The controversial wideout has since earned his stars on the Los Angeles Rams in a Super Bowl-winning season, and despite his ACL injury, Beckham remains an elite albeit risky addition for any team’s offense.
We wouldn’t hold our breath waiting for OBJ to come to NOLA, but if anyone can convince him, it’s his former Browns buddy Jarvis Landry.
With a projected starting wideout unit of Landry, Chris Olave, and Michael Thomas, the Saints have little reason to sign OBJ, and he’d stand out as more of a luxury than a necessity in 2022.