Report: OBJ decision is “a few days away”

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There’s a problem with having choices. Eventually, you’ve got to make a choice.

Receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a free agent for the first time in his career, has yet to pick his next team. According to NFL Media, Beckham is “going to take some time” to choose a destination, and his decision could be “a few days away.”

This development comes at the end of a day on which some thought he could be picking his next team. The viable candidates currently include (in no particular order), the Saints, Chiefs, Packers, Seahawks, and Patriots.

In the early afternoon, some thought he was destined for the Saints. By the middle of the afternoon, someone connected to the situation told us that OBJ is leaning Chiefs. Currently, the decision is there’s no decision.

Ultimately, Beckham has to decide what’s important to him. Does he want to be the No. 1 receiver? (Saints.) Does he want to play with a great quarterback? (Packers, Seahawks, Chiefs.) Does he want to play for a team he has admired from afar for years? (Patriots.) Does he want to play deep into January and chase a ring?

Money is an issue, but there are two levels to that. What he’ll make this year versus what he could make as a free agent in 2022. Also, would a team want him to sign for multiple seasons, or just through the end of the current campaign?

The longer he waits to decide on his next team, the less time he’ll have to get up to speed. If he waits until Friday or Saturday, would he play on Sunday? Probably not.

Then there’s the fact that he’s known for a week that he’d potentially have to pick a new team. While he shouldn’t make a decision before he’s ready to do so, this isn’t something that just fell out of the sky and landed in his back yard at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. You’d think he’d be ready by now to pull the trigger.

Finally, the longer this lasts, the greater the chance that someone who hasn’t made a push for Beckham will decide to do so. Maybe he’s hoping that the extra time will flesh out other potential suitors.

44 responses to “Report: OBJ decision is “a few days away”

  1. Go to Green Bay. Restore your reputation. Be a team player into the playoffs and beyond hopefully. Win it with GB. It’ll restore you for signing a long term lucrative contract – next year.

  2. Not for or against but it’s reported out of Green Bay they made an offer! That’s surprising!

  3. Hmmmm – the Saints, Chiefs, Packers, Seahawks, and Patriots….
    Saints – aint got it no matter what
    Chiefs – OBJ aint fixing that defense
    Packers – could work if he’s cool be #2
    Seahawks – same as Packers
    Patriots – OBJ my dude, come be the #1 for Mac and win a SB with the greatest coach of all time Bill Belichick…. you want it man, be a legend

  4. Chiefs is my guess. It’s the offense that needs help. They just won two games scoring 20 or fewer points.

  5. Honestly don’t see how he is going to make any type of impact besides jersey sales. Guess will find out when Old Broken J hits the field.

  6. As a Packers fan I would take him, I remember back in 1996 when the Packers picked up Andre “Bad Moon” Rison as a rental. He ended up scoring the opening TD in a blowout win in the Superbowl. Rison was considered a polarizing “me guy” in the 90’s but he was a missing piece that helped them win it all, maybe OBJ could be a similar type move this year.

  7. Taking a leave of absence before he can make millions running around till he gets hurt again

  8. WhatInSamHill says:

    November 10, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Or maybe, just maybe, no one wants him

    brownsince64 says:

    November 10, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Maybe nobody really wants him…

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    Teams have already publicly said their interested.

  9. There are players who were born with a lot of physical talent to play football, but never play up to their potential. They like the money, and enjoy the attention, but they don’t really love the game enough to put in the work and sacrifice that it takes to become a winner. They lack mental toughness. Can you think of anyone who fits that description?

  10. Why rush a decision, then he would actually have to play. He has seemed perfectly happy avoiding the field as much as possible.

  11. Green Bay or KC is who wants so they probably haven’t reached out with serious offer. Likely he ends up in Buffalo

  12. He’s not going to the Packers, you seen how he plays when its really cold. Not to mention, if their QB goes out they will be no better then the Lions. Not going to Seattle, he won’t even be chasing a playoff game, Saints? whos going to throw him the ball? Chiefs? He will be lucky if he gets a pass thrown at him, to many weapons, their QB is playing like a rookie see ghosts and there defense is horrible. They won’t get past the 1st round of the playoffs if they even get in. Better off going to the Patriots, maybe get 2 or 3 catches a game but you maybe going to the playoffs at the very least.

  13. Tha Nino Man says:
    November 10, 2021 at 8:01 pm
    Pure speculation. A team that’s loaded at WR could potentially enter the mix. Dallas
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    Go to Dallas and become the #3 receiver?

  14. ajd4 says:
    November 10, 2021 at 8:59 pm
    As a Packers fan I would take him, I remember back in 1996 when the Packers picked up Andre “Bad Moon” Rison as a rental. He ended up scoring the opening TD in a blowout win in the Superbowl. Rison was considered a polarizing “me guy” in the 90’s but he was a missing piece that helped them win it all, maybe OBJ could be a similar type move this year
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    He was the missing piece? Must’ve been his 135 yards over the 4 games he started. Perhaps it was his 13 yards in the Divisional playoff game. Who could forget his 2 catches on 7 targets in the SB? Yep! The missing piece. Never mind the #1 defenseless the #1 offense before he even arrived that season. I’m sure you also think that Antonio Brown was the missing piece for the Bucs to win the SB last season. Same same.

  15. Packers offered the vet minimum. Maybe a team will offer a max minimum. Team OBJ thinks he’s worth more. Every week out he’s worth less. At least he won’t have to learn a new playbook. He runs the routes he wants to run anyhow.

  16. He’s still holding out hope Brady gets the Bucs to sign him. A little more likely with Godwin’s injury on top of ABs today.

  17. I think nobody wants him. Kinda like when Le’Veon Bell became a free agent. So maybe the Jets offer him a contract.

  18. lionsnati0n says:
    November 10, 2021 at 7:29 pm
    I thought the Saints were a financial mess? How are they even a destination for him?
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    Probably something like this. Hi, I am Sean Payton, I am an offensive mastermind. Look what I just did for the career of Jamis Winston who we signed for about the league minimum after he was almost out of the league. Now that Jamis is injured, do you think his replacement Trevor Simien can’t get you the ball? Did you watch last week after we game plannned for him? Come to us on the league minimumn for the rest of the year and we will make you the front and center of the offense. Next year after you strut your stuff during the rest of this year for us(only eight games or so), you will be able to sign long term contract with some team for a king’s ransom (or back with us if we can agree on something reasonable).

    I am guessing this short term deal stratgey is the strategy that cash strapped teams like the Saints, Chiefs, Raiders, and Packers are using with some variations. For example, the Chiefs Raiders, and Packers will point out that they can offer a great QB who can get you the ball.

    Even other team, the Patriots, who are interested might use a similar strategy, because Mac really looks like a check down king. BB might say to OBJ. “If you are open Mac will get you the ball. And besides who else do we have to compete with you for targets?”

    Actually, a short term trial marriage might be in both OBJ and the other team’s interests (who are probably wondering how much does OBJ have left and can he be a model citizen).

  19. ajd4 says:
    November 10, 2021 at 8:59 pm
    As a Packers fan I would take him, I remember back in 1996 when the Packers picked up Andre “Bad Moon” Rison as a rental. He ended up scoring the opening TD in a blowout win in the Superbowl. Rison was considered a polarizing “me guy” in the 90’s but he was a missing piece that helped them win it all, maybe OBJ could be a similar type move this year.

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    Matt Lafleur isn’t Mike Holmgren, though. And I don’t mean that as an insult. I’m quite happy with LaFleur.

  20. If OBJ is true to his word, a really BIG “IF”, and IF he really want to play for a contender, his best bet of the three listed should be the Packers, who reportedly offered the Veteran minimum.
    If Rodgers comes back soon and plays like he can, OBJ could be this year’s ‘Bad Moon’ Rison.
    The Saints are good, but lacking a top notch QB for now, the Chiefs are the Chiefs and always in it, but their defense is questionable, and guys like Brady or a healthy Rodgers could eat them up.
    The Packers have a good defense that is still improving weekly in Joe Barry’s first year as DC and could take another step with players like Z-Smith and Alexander they’re hoping to return from IR.
    And, don’t rule out the Patriots, they always seem to find ways to pull things off.
    We’ll see what happens, but my bet is he’ll take the highest offer, wherever that is.

  21. In 1996 the pack was decimated by injuries in the WR Corp, and had to pick Rison up. Brooks was gone for the year. Freeman broke his arm and missed a few games. And Mickens, Beebe, Howard all had thier moments, but didn’t exactly scare anyone to death. Thier special teams were incredible (Howard), however, and with Chumura and Keith Jackson, they had maybe the best tight end combination ever. Plus, that defense was one of the best since the 1985 Bears.

    That being said , Beckham would help them, but is he worth the potential headache. I don’t know

  22. Saints have made their push, but if he hasn’t signed by now he ain’t coming. Which is fine by me

  23. As a Packers fan I would take him, I remember back in 1996 when the Packers picked up Andre “Bad Moon” Rison as a rental. He ended up scoring the opening TD in a blowout win in the Superbowl. Rison was considered a polarizing “me guy” in the 90’s but he was a missing piece that helped them win it all, maybe OBJ could be a similar type move this year.
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    Rison, 5 games; 13 rec, 135 yards, 1 td

    Antonio Freeman over the same 5 games;

    25 rec, 452 yards, 4 tds

    .. and the Super Bowl was not a blowout. If the 3rd Q had playout differently, they very well could have lost. One of the few games Holmgren wasn’t pressing the right buttons.

  24. Matt Lafleur isn’t Mike Holmgren, though. And I don’t mean that as an insult. I’m quite happy with LaFleur.
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    Holmgren was special. Should be in the HOF already.

    Shame he didn’t ride the wave a little longer as Wolf didn’t outlast him by much. Could have had everything he had in Seattle, WITH Favre.

    LaFleur is the best Packer coach since Holmgren. But the body of work just isn’t there for a proper comparison.

    I hope 5 years from now we can still have this conversation. I think LaFleur has that kind of potential.

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