From his unprecedented production with the New York Giants to begin his career, the blockbuster trade and failed stint with the Cleveland Browns and his Super Bowl winning renaissance with the Los Angeles Rams, in which he tore his ACL in the penultimate game, Odell Beckham Jr.‘s career has been an odyssey.
Beckham, electrifying, yet often criticized, is nearing a return from his February injury and the portrait of which uniform the free agent receiver could don next is becoming increasingly clear.
Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported that Beckham will visit the Giants, as well as the Dallas Cowboys after Thanksgiving.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Beckham will be seeking a deal that would be a prorated $20 million a year, equaling almost $5 million for the remainder of the season.
Schefter added that the Kansas Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills are also teams in contention for him.
New York Giants
Odell Beckham Jr. may be the most talented receiver to ever wear a Giants uniform. As a rookie in 2014, the 12th overall pick thrust himself straight into the spotlight, racking up 91 catches, 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns despite only playing 12 games en route to being named Rookie of the Year.
As injuries mounted and Beckham’s antics made him more of a distraction, less than a year after signing an extension with the team, the Giants shipped him off to Cleveland before the 2019 season.
Since their divorce, the Giants have struggled to find a No. 1 receiver to replace Beckham and have been cemented into the NFL’s basement before this season. However, New York has been one of the NFL’s best storylines this season, starting 7-3 under first-year coach Brian Daboll.
The Giants defense has been a masterclass of consistently bending, but never yielding to opponents. The offense has been carried by a surprising consistency from quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley playing at an all-pro level. However, this team is desperate for an x-factor on the outside.
Now, join me in a visual. Imagine New York’s fallen son coming back home and aiding a revenant Giants team in its push towards its first postseason since he was the teams star.
It may be closer to reality than we realize.
In the flashiest, most America’s Team way possible, no organization has been more open in their pursuits of Beckham than the Dallas Cowboys.
Star linebacker Micah Parsons has openly campaigned for Beckham to make his way to the Lone Star state on social media and team owner Jerry Jones has openly clamored for Beckham on radio.
“A talent like Beckham is additive, and it just stacks on top of whatever,” Jones recently said on Dallas radio station on 105.3 The Fan. “… Beckham is really- the whole nature of it is: can he get us substantively above where we are. And the answer is: we’ll see how that is.”
There’s a lure about the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL equivalent to the attractiveness playing for the Los Angeles Lakers has in the NBA or the New York Yankees have for free agents in the MLB.
Could you blame Beckham for being enticed?
Dallas at 7-3, find themselves in a similar spot to the Giants, chasing the 9-1 Eagles and hoping Beckham can be a spark to put them over the top come January. Already equipped with the duo of CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, if Beckham can fulfill expectation, he gives quarterback Dak Prescott a formidable trio of receivers.
Kansas City Chiefs
This should be a receiver’s dream. Having Patrick Mahomes, potentially on his way to a second MVP award slinging the football and Andy Reid, the NFL’s premier offensive head coach calling plays for you.
Does life get better than that for a receiver?
The Chiefs are 8-2, atop the AFC West, as well as competing for the top-seed in the postseason.
Kansas City has a number of receivers who are more than capable and complimentary to their offense. Adding Beckham only gives Mahomes another weapon for defenses to worry about.
If Beckham wants to secure another Super Bowl and play with the best quarterback he can find, the Chiefs are possibly the ideal landing spot for him.
San Francisco 49ers
After trading a haul of picks to the Carolina Panthers for star running back Christian McCaffrey, I no longer assume anything outside the realm of possibility for the San Francisco 49ers.
A usually run-heavy offense, San Francisco has invested in skill positions and has an already more than effective crop of receivers.
Both Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, even if statistically underwhelming at times, are threatening to opposing corners and George Kittle remains one of the league’s best tight ends. Add in Beckham, Head Coach Kyle Shanahan has a four-headed monster of pass catchers. Not to mention a backfield duo of McCaffrey and Elijah Mitchell, who rushed for 89 yards last week in his return from injury.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo may not be much more than a game manager, but for a 49ers team battling for a playoff spot, it’d be hard for him to be poor if Beckham is added to an already talented offense.
One of the more surprising developments of this NFL season is the 7-3 Bills finding themselves tied with the Miami Dolphins for the top spot in the AFC East.
Engined by a top-five quarterback in Josh Allen and the equally potent Stefon Diggs leading the receivers, the Bills not only throw the ball a high amount, but are always a fun team to watch.
Behind Diggs, Gabriel Davis has ascended into a reliable number two receiver in his third season and tight end Dawson Knox is still more than capable. Adding in Beckham gives the Bills a receiver who can play across the formation, but particularly be a complete mismatch in the slot when Diggs and Davis are on the boundary.
Despite some recent hiccups, Buffalo has the recipe for being a Super Bowl contender. The Bills have one of the league’s best fanbases and after a long period of mediocrity, finallya team to be excited about over the past couple seasons and Beckham will only add to that.