Should non-contending teams with extra salary cap space claim OBJ on waivers?

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If the Browns had released receiver Odell Beckham Jr. last Monday, he would have immediately become a free agent. Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, he must pass through waivers.

His revised contract with the Browns didn’t do much to dissuade a team from claiming him. The total cost over the balance of the season — $7.25 million — is the same for a team that claims his on waivers as it would have been if his contract hadn’t been changed. Creative terms could have been used to scare a team off from claiming him. They weren’t.

Of course, the Browns want him to be claimed. If that hapens, the Browns will owe him nothing.

Roughly a third of the league has the cap space to absorb Beckham’s $7.25 million compensation package over the balance of the season: the Jaguars, Eagles, Broncos, Seahawks, Panthers, Washington, Chargers, Steelers, and Bengals. Others would have to scramble on Monday to create some cap space. (It makes sense to watch for moves along those lines.)

Beckham reportedly wants to play for a contender and/or a team with a winning culture. There will be “potential issues” if a team that doesn’t land in those categories claims him.

Will that dissuade someone from doing it? The NFL teams and its players don’t like it when players dictate terms. If someone claims him and he doesn’t show up, that’s on him. He can pout. He can get friends and family to tweet #FreeOBJ. But he can’t force his way to the open market if someone claims him on waivers.

It’s worth paying attention to whether someone does it.

50 responses to “Should non-contending teams with extra salary cap space claim OBJ on waivers?

  1. Who cares though? He’s just not very good anymore. This is as meaningless as Desean Jackson getting cut.

  2. Per PFT: Beckham reportedly wants to play for a contender and/or a team with a winning culture. There will be “potential issues” if a team that doesn’t land in those categories claims him.
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    Makes sense if I was OBJ I’d want to play for a SB contender too. So, please explain the rumors that HE wants to play in Seattle. Does he pay attention to the NFL? They aren’t good this year and don’t need him. Russell needs to get back in the game and get the ball to #14.

  3. Why not. Even if he leaves at the end of the season they’d get a 3rd round compensatory pick. And I think anyone still in contention would claim him to keep him away from other contending teams. They do that in baseball all the time. He’ll probably be playing hard for the rest of the season because he wants to get paid next year.

  4. itsamadmadmadmadworld says:
    November 7, 2021 at 9:53 pm
    Why not. Even if he leaves at the end of the season they’d get a 3rd round compensatory pick.

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    No, they wouldn’t. If they claim him on waivers they take on his contract that runs through 2023. He cant leave as a FA unless they make him a FA by cutting him, and you don’t get comp picks for released players, only for expiring contracts.

    He wouldn’t have played enough snaps in half a season to qualify for a 3rd anyway.

  5. I hope a that a team with no shot grabs him off of waivers. Why should get rewarded for acting like a baby wherever he goes?

  6. He wants to go to Seattle because Pete doesn’t hold players accountable. It’s fine if you’re winning….

  7. Browns score 41, Mayfield’s completion percentage skyrockets, he even throws a 60 yard bomb against Cincy. Coincidence?

  8. Interesting question. He’s a related conundrum. If I have $100 in my wallet, should I spend it on something that doesn’t help me and will make me unhappy?

  9. Raiders suddenly need a WR. And think of all the trouble this fool could get up to in Vegas. It’s perfect.

  10. If I’m Jimmy Haslam, I’m doing everything I can to convince the Lions to claim him. And we know he’s got experience with shady dealings. This should be right up his alley.

  11. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:

    No, they wouldn’t. If they claim him on waivers they take on his contract that runs through 2023. He cant leave as a FA unless they make him a FA by cutting him, and you don’t get comp picks for released players, only for expiring contracts.

    The Browns reworked his contract so he’s a free agent at the end of the season.

  12. So if you are a teammwith no hope but extra cap space to burn is this an easy way to pick up a compensatory pick? And screw it if he doesn’t like being used as a pawn.

  13. If a team really wanted OBJ under those contract terms they would have flipped a 7th round pick to the Browns to get him before he was released. He will not be claimed on waivers. He will land in the waiting and loving arms of Bill Belichick.

  14. I think you are wildly overestimating the demand for OBJ’s services.

    As the Browns showed yet again yesterday, the only time OBJ makes a team better is when he leaves.

  15. I think the Lions if they have the money should grab this guy immediately. It would be a fitting tribute to his legacy. and look at the fun the fans would have laughing at him at the team goes o-17

  16. If the lions get him it would be another receiver Goff doesnt see open. Gee didnt that happen in Cleveland? Must be the Lake Erie water or something?

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    Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    November 7, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    itsamadmadmadmadworld says:
    November 7, 2021 at 9:53 pm
    Why not. Even if he leaves at the end of the season they’d get a 3rd round compensatory pick.

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    No, they wouldn’t. If they claim him on waivers they take on his contract that runs through 2023. He cant leave as a FA unless they make him a FA by cutting him, and you don’t get comp picks for released players, only for expiring contracts.

    He wouldn’t have played enough snaps in half a season to qualify for a 3rd anyway.
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    They re-did his contract last week and he is a free agent after this year…

  18. Absolutely they should. They could claim him, and trade him in the off-season. As if they claim him, they get his full contract right? So he would still be under contract for the next 2 seasons… Detroit or Jax could claim him, try to get him to play, if not, use him as trade bait and get something for him.

  19. “The NFL teams and its players don’t like it when players dictate terms. If someone claims him and he doesn’t show up, that’s on him. He can pout. He can get friends and family to tweet #FreeOBJ. But he can’t force his way to the open market if someone claims him on waivers.”
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    Well 1st off NFL players ABSOLUTELY like it when they themselves dictate terms. To say otherwise is foolish. 2nd what you describe here as what he can do but how it wont force him to an open market is also incorrect. This is exactly what OBJ did to get waived so WHY wouldn’t it work a 2nd time to a team with less invested? That’s right it absolutely would

  20. OBJ would just be a lovely teammate on a non-contender.

    Perhaps if the team promised him a locker with extra mirrors so that he could worship himself, there would be a chance.

  21. Beckham reportedly wants to play for a contender and/or a team with a winning culture. There will be “potential issues” if a team that doesn’t land in those categories claims him.
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    OBJ talking about “a winning culture” is such a joke. A winning culture where selfish players force themselves off of the team? Which winning culture has that, exactly, and which winning culture wants to bring OBJ into their locker room?

  22. If a non-contending team claims him, they will have to pay him. And, he likely will either not show up or cause issues if he does show up. Why would the owner of a crappy team want to shell out millions just to prove some point, which is a point that OBJ would not understand anyway? It would be a colossal waste of time and money, and probably anger some existing players on your team for playing games with players (even if those players do not like OBJ).

  23. Josh Gordon (1yr 900k) and Antonio Brown ($3.1m) are higher end WRs with drama than OBJ. No one picks him up at a prorated 14m. He clears waivers and maybe one team takes him at veteran minimum.

  24. Absolutely. Then he has to choose between showing up trying to force his way off of a third team, or refusing to report and forfeiting his money.

  25. The problem with the Seahawks is they don’t need a receiver, They are not a contender and are already out of the playoff picture (enhancing the Jets 1st rounder), Russ by all accounts will be gone next year, and they need the salary roll-over to sign Metcalf next year to his $2o to $25 million a year contract.

  26. Why would a non-contending team do that? Doesn’t seem like there is anything in it for them. You are basically bringing in a highly paid malcontent as a rental.

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