New York Jets should trade for Odell Beckham Jr this offseason
By Carson Hathaway
The New York Jets should trade for Cleveland Browns All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr this offseason. Here’s why it makes sense for the green and white.
Cleveland Browns veteran wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr could be on the move once again in 2020.
Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reported that OBJ “isn’t afraid” to return to New York, whether that’s with the New York Giants or the New York Jets.
It seems unlikely that the New York Giants would trade back for Odell Beckham Jr a year after parting ways with him.
A reunion with the Giants seems even more unlikely considering Odell’s comments about his former team in the offseason.
Which leaves the New York Jets…
The New York Jets want Sam Darnold to be their long-term franchise quarterback. However, it’s not easy for Darnold to look like one considering his current circumstances.
He’s trying to make magic happen behind a bad offensive line, a non-existent running game and a questionable head coach in Adam Gase.
A superstar wide receiver like Odell Beckham Jr could help mask a lot of those issues.
The Jets top priority this offseason is to surround Darnold with a better supporting cast and there are not many receivers more talented than OBJ on the planet.
Many people will point out that Odell has a selfish attitude and that he would be a “distraction” which would hinder Sam Darnold’s development.
In 2013, the year before the New York Giants drafted Odell Beckham Jr, Eli Manning threw 18 touchdowns with a whopping 27 interceptions.
A year later, Eli Manning threw 30 touchdowns, 14 interceptions ,and 4,410 yards with OBJ. Coincidence? I think not.
Additionally, Odell critics will mention that the Giants only had a winning record in one of Odell’s five seasons with the team and he’s in the midst of another losing season currently with the Browns.
Football is a team game, no player can win a game by themselves and especially not a wide receiver.
For example, Calvin Johnson Jr aka Megatron is regarded as one of the best receivers of all time. However, the former Detroit Lions star played on an 0-16 team and never won a playoff game. So if you aren’t going to use that for Megatron you can’t use that for OBJ.
Even if Odell really is a “distraction” and a “bad locker room presence”, he’s still easily worth the risk for the Jets.
If Odell Beckham really wants out of Cleveland, what would he think about coming to the Jets?
He’s "not afraid" of a return to New York, a source said, despite his experiences with the Giants.
So, Hmmmm … pic.twitter.com/8ZpvAnDhhZ
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) December 13, 2019
The Jets are currently 5-9 and will miss the playoffs for the ninth year in a row. Odell wouldn’t have the opportunity to ruin an already good team if he did get traded to the Jets because they’re already terrible. Above everything else, the Jets need more talented players and Odell certainly fits that description.
Is Odell Beckham a perfect person? No, but the bad rap Odell gets is unfair for a person that’s never gotten into any type of trouble off the field.
Prior to the 2018 season, the New England Patriots heavily pursued Odell Beckham Jr per CBS Boston. If Bill Belichick, perhaps the greatest mind in football history wants Odell then every other team should as well.
At the time, Odell was due for a contract extension. Considering the Patriots and Bill Belichick are known for rarely spending big money on players who aren’t named Tom Brady, so the fact that they were willing to not only trade for but also potentially pay big buck for Odell Beckham Jr should speak volumes to how special of a player he is. The New York Jets need to make life easier for Sam Darnold and OBJ would do that.