What’s next for Odell Beckham Jr.?

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When the Browns officially release receiver Odell Beckham Jr., he’ll be exposed to waivers. All teams will have a chance to claim his contract; the Lions have dibs, thanks to their 0-8 record.

He surely prefers not to be claimed, so that he can become a free agent for the first time in his career. But the rules allow any team to claim him.

One team to not entirely ignore is the Giants. Depending on the specific terms of the revised Beckham contract, maybe the team that opted to give him a gigantic contract six months before trading him will decide to bring him back, whether he likes it or not. And maybe, at some level, they’d be acting out of a little bit of spite.

Rewind 20 years. In 2001, cornerback Deion Sanders didn’t want to play for new Washington coach Marty Schottenheimer. So Sanders retired. A year later, Sanders wanted to play for the Raiders during their Super Bowl run. Washington released him from the reserve-retired list. The move happened after the trade deadline. Schottenheimer, who spent only one year in Washington, had become the coach of the Chargers. And Schottenheimer claimed Deion on waivers, blocking his desire to play for the Raiders.

It would be delicious and fascinating if the Giants, who have more than a few receiver injuries, would make that move. It’s highly unlikely that they would, but it’s fun to consider the possibility.

Other fringe contenders, like the Eagles or the Falcons, could be tempted to bolster their receiving corps by claiming Beckham on waivers.

As reported last night, the teams to watch, if Beckham becomes a free agent, are the Saints, 49ers, and Seahawks. Some believe he prefers to go to Seattle, which makes sense given the presence of quarterback Russell Wilson and other receivers who attract plenty of attention.

Aaron Rodgers potentially wants Beckham in Green Bay, Patrick Mahomes perhaps wants Beckham in Kansas City, and Tom Brady possibly wants Beckham in Tampa Bay. For now, though, those teams aren’t considered to be serious contenders for OBJ.

Then there are the all-in Rams, who can never be ruled out of any potential transaction involving a talented veteran player. And this is one they can acquire without giving up more draft picks.

Regardless of how it goes, he’ll likely be with a new team fairly soon — and he could be playing by Week 10, when the Seahawks play the Packers, the Rams play the 49ers, and the Saints play the Titans.

Finally, don’t entirely rule out the Patriots. He’s always been fascinated by New England. And, in Week 10, the Patriots host the Browns.

63 responses to “What’s next for Odell Beckham Jr.?

  1. What’s next? Probably the same thing that’s happened his whole career. Nice catch. Drops crucial ones. Injuries. Then more injuries. Wants out.
    That about sums it up

  2. My guess is that he plays for one more team, pulls the same selfish stunts he has in the past and then gets a reality show until he frays the country’s collective last nerve. Wasted hall of fame talent who is now nothing more than a punch line.

  3. 20 years later Shottenhiemer looks really petty, maybe that attitude is what stopped the Chiefs and Chargers from championships!

  4. edmcgon says:
    November 5, 2021 at 10:52 am
    Are you forgetting somebody? What about the Raiders, who just lost their primary receiver?
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    I agree. After cutting Ruggs LV certainly has a need at WR. And Carr can sling it as well as anybody in the league. I think LV would be a good fit.

  5. Dear Seahawks… No. Absolutely not. Under no circumstances should you entertain this insanity.

  6. supercharger says:
    November 5, 2021 at 10:53 am

    I give it 8 games before he feuding w his next QB.

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    All of 8, man you are generous.

    Look Brady and Mahomes (to say nothing of Andy Reid) are way too smart to want this cancer. Reid has ‘Been there done that, no thank you.’

    The question of who he goes to has a lot to do with how much is he owed between now and the end of the year? Take him off waivers and you get the contract and now what do you do to make sure it hits under your cap?

    The fact that 2 teams have given up on him (and has he performed brilliantly in the last couple of years?) and that he seems to be a cancer in the locker room will make serious contenders (except maybe the Raiders and Rams) stay away from him.

    But many in the NFL have huge egos. There is some coach out there who thinks ‘I can fix him’. You can’t dummy but I guess like OBJ you just don’t learn.

    But he will land somewhere, I think, after he clears waivers so whoever gets stuck with him can do it out of their pocket at the Vets minimum.

  7. Most contenders don’t have anywhere near enough cap space to take on OBJ’s remaining contract if they did they would have traded a 7th rounder for him and none did. So unless a bottom feeder wants him to sell some tickets for the circus show he will soon find out he is nowhere nearly worth as much as he thinks when he clears waivers.

  8. Has literally made a career off of one catch. Watch the passes thrown to him. They’re always in that spectacular catch radius on the sidelines and he just doesn’t have the reactions like he did before. Injuries have robbed him of his lift and speed. Kind of ironic that someone who has made his name from one-handed grabs on the sidelines or endzone, has lulled quarterbacks into thinking that’s the only place they can throw it. Physically he can’t do it anymore.

  9. I’m not sure how we would make room for him but OBJ to Buffalo could be interesting. Great insurance if there are any injuries.

  10. “After cutting Ruggs LV certainly has a need at WR. And Carr can sling it as well as anybody in the league. I think LV would be a good fit.”
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    Except injured guys in street clothes on the sidelines don’t catch many passes. It’s not 2016 any more and this current OBJ is constantly hurt and ineffective even when playing. His new team will see like one game where it looks promising but then within a month the backup TE will be catching more passes and Odell will be hurt and pouting again.

  11. What happens to Baker? Isn’t he the one that always misses wide open receivers and overthrows them by a mile? Baker claims he’s accurate, but that statement itself is grossly inaccurate.

  12. mogogo1 says:
    November 5, 2021 at 11:20 am
    “After cutting Ruggs LV certainly has a need at WR. And Carr can sling it as well as anybody in the league. I think LV would be a good fit.”

    I agree

  13. Would be awesome if he went down to Tampa with Brady and got a Super Bowl ring, while the Browns have ZERO chance of making the Playoffs. Green Bay would be great. My Cowboys would be smart to sign him, The Patriots who have the Browns upcoming. would be awesome, same with Cincy, Balt or Pitt. That would be so Browns if someone in the Division gets him. They have 4 more divisioj games after this Sunday

  14. It would be interesting to see a cancer infecting the NE locker room. Can’t you just see his behavior with a rookie QB?

  15. Several nagging injuries, a new feud with either his new QB or coach, and more public temper tantrums. That’s what’s next for OBJ.

  16. I doubt OBJ will be playing at the vets minimum. Everyone makes him out as a horrible person. Just think back a couple years to Antonio Brown. Tossing furniture off his balcony, Assaulting movers. Multiple arrests. Freezing his damn feet. Where did that get him? A position with the Super Bowl contending New England Patriots, a transfer to Tampa Bay and a nice shiny championship ring.

    OBJ has down nothing criminal (at least off the field) and although most of you think he’s washed-up, you know there is a coach out there with a huge ego that fully believes they can resurrect his career. They even hand-out an award for it: Comeback Player of the Year.

  17. Really no one cares except Cleveland fans that thought for the most part he would be the rising star

  18. I never knew that Marty Schottenheimer did that to Deion Sanders. I love it. I hope that Beckham lands somewhere that makes him miserable…the Giants and Lions are great options for a malcontent like him. Should be interesting…

  19. No thank you the Packers have enough problems with lying Aaron we don’t need to add that
    cancer diva to the list.

  20. He definitely does not want to be playing for backups at the Saints. If his issue was getting the ball, playing with Derek Carr as the Raiders new deep threat, at a new stadium, with Raider Nation supporting him every week on the road is a NO-BRAINER

  21. jkossrt says:
    November 5, 2021 at 11:34 am
    It would be interesting to see a cancer infecting the NE locker room. Can’t you just see his behavior with a rookie QB?

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    No thanks…Belichick would put him in his place and cut him loose.

  22. It would be funny if no team picked him up and he spent the rest of the season sitting on the couch.

    It rarely works out well when a team rewards a childish person like this guy

  23. jkossrt says:
    November 5, 2021 at 11:34 am
    It would be interesting to see a cancer infecting the NE locker room. Can’t you just see his behavior with a rookie QB?

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    No thanks…Belichick would never put up with it. Your team can have him.

  24. edmcgon says:
    November 5, 2021 at 10:52 am
    Are you forgetting somebody? What about the Raiders, who just lost their primary receiver?

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    Ruggs was their deep threat but not their primary WR. Most of the other WRs on the team have more catches than Ruggs. We don’t need another cancer on this team like Antonio Brown

  25. All you people clammoring for the Raiders to take him. You must want to see the Raiders fail if you want this Diva on the team. Don’t you recall the last 2 divas we had in A Brown and M Bryant? No thanks, the Raiders WR corp is doing just fine without some crybaby complaining about not enough catches. It sucks we no longer have our deep threat but OBJ ain’t gonna fill that role no matter where he goes.

  26. This guy really makes me appreciate players like Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson so much more. For every one of those, you have an OBJ, a Chad Ochocinco, a Terrell Owens, and an Antonio Brown. At least Fitzgerald got to play in a Superbowl.

  27. Giants should claim him and make him inactive till February . #KARMA

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    Yeah … Except you still have to pay him!

  28. The 49erswon’t claim him. Their offense is based on spreading the ball around, and diva will be whining within weeks. Most teams will have similar issues.

    I think that a good fit is the Raiders. They have a good QB and need to replace Ruggs. OBJ may still start whining about not getting enough looks, though.

    The best fits are the teams that are favorites to win a Super Bowl…..Bucs, Rams, Cardinals and Bills. Maybe OBJ will be less of a diva if he knows he may at least get his first ring.

  29. “I give it 8 games before he feuding w his next QB.”

    He’s not even man enough to talk to his QB’s. He has his daddy or his basketball buddy talk for him. He’s this generation’s TO…spoiled, entitled, self obsessed, no team mentality, etc, etc etc. I can’t read any more about him or his tantrums and antics. Just stay away from my Bengals!

  30. I’m not a fan of Divas like OBJ. But I pray, for him, that the Lions don’t exercise their waiver rights. If that happened I would expect him to get “injured” in a couple of weeks, riding the pine for the rest of they year and collecting Detroit$.

  31. The problem for OBJ is that there are now two test cases that prove his talent is not worth the trouble. Coaches and GMs get paid and retained by winning games, and OBJ has proven over and over that he does not help teams win games. Look for a team with an owner who likes to have a say in personnel be involved in OBJ’s next landing spot, because people who do football for a living know he is poison.

  32. Here’s what I don’t get: Beckham could’ve collected his paycheck and played the rest of this season then resolved everything in the offseason, including getting released.

    The way he burned his bridges in Cleveland makes him look worse than his diva reputation already was. Few teams are going to be willing to bring him into their locker room, and I don’t think anyone will give him a big contract.

    So it goes.

  33. Brady has one diva to keep in check now. The Buccaneers aren’t going to deal with his drama.

  34. Hoping a small-market team with a QB room in shambles picks him. It’s what he deserves at this point. Well, not being signed by anyone is really what he deserves, but that would be second best.

  35. howboutthemcowboys2020 says:
    November 5, 2021 at 11:34 am

    My Cowboys would be smart to sign him.

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    I never thought I would be writing this, but I’m finally glad Jerry is GM because even he knows WR is literally one of the deepest positions on the Cowboys despite some injuries.

    OBJ isn’t taking snaps away from Lamb or Cooper, Gallup is slated to return from IR and you do know their 4th receiver is Cedrick Wilson… unlike OBJ, is not a head case, is not injury prone, makes like pocket change and is having a great season?

  36. kingwalleye says:
    November 5, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Brady has one diva to keep in check now. The Buccaneers aren’t going to deal with his drama.

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    At his worst, Brown was much more of a head case than OBJ, but unlike OBJ, he has actually accomplished something and has actually made his teams better every time he steps on the field.

    With OBJ, you spend a lot more, get a lot of headaches, but don’t get any bump in success. What’s the incentive for any team?

  37. OBJ has no interest in playing football. He just wants a paycheck and the opportunity to whine. Absolute loser.

  38. Brady has one diva to keep in check now. The Buccaneers aren’t going to deal with his drama.

    LOL – Brady helped win a Super Bowl and is putting up league leading numbers. I’m sure a “diva” status is fine with Tampa fans at the moment.

  39. Detroit Lions get first dibs, here’s hoping he’s doomed to try catching passes from Jared Goff.

  40. Saints have great locker room culture. No room for whiners and look-at-me prima donnas like this guy.

  41. bradygirl12 says:
    November 5, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    jkossrt says:
    November 5, 2021 at 11:34 am
    It would be interesting to see a cancer infecting the NE locker room. Can’t you just see his behavior with a rookie QB?

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    No thanks…Belichick would never put up with it. Your team can have him.

    Ummm…Randy Moss, Corey Dillon, Ocho Cinqo…If they can be productive and contribute the Hoodie will take a flyer. Two of those three were keys to the Pat’s success. Queue the 18-1 haters…

  42. I knew there would be comparisons to AB. Please. AB is ten times the head case that OBJ is.

    BUT.

    AB is also a football fanatic. He works tirelessly at his craft and treats it like a craft that must be constantly honed through work.

    Is that OBJ? Or was OBJ a ridiculously gifted physical specimen who was able to make circus catches but who assumed that his physical gifts would always allow him to dominate? Now that he has had a few injuries, has he managed to hone his skills to make up for the fact that his physical gifts are not quite what they were?

    I guess we’ll find out. IF anyone wants to pay him. Personally, I think he’s going to end up comlaining about his next QB just as much. If not this season then next. It’s who he is.

  43. Bizzareslantpass says:
    November 5, 2021 at 11:28 am
    J-E-T-S. Jets! Jets! Jets!

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    I think everyone except Jets fans would get a huge kick out of seeing this happen. Cleveland fans in particular would be falling all over the place about it.

  44. Stop crying Cleveland u wasted another talent.. once Again u have No Qb !!! Drafted wrong guy,stop pretending like Baker is better at football than his commercials!! Should’ve drafted Josh Allen but thank You!! Bills fans!!!!

  45. What’s next? Probably more headlines and less production. That’s how his career has been trending for the last three years or so. That’s not a small sample size. I don’t expect anything to change. Well, he might change teams every few months, but besides that, no change.

  46. Detroit just cut Tyrell Williams. They have he cap space and zero receivers. Welcome to Detroit Odell. Hey at least it isn’t Cleveland.

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