NY Jets: Odell Beckham Jr sees Gang Green as an ‘ideal landing spot’
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr sees the NY Jets as an ‘ideal landing spot’ this offseason. Here are all the details and what this could mean.
Odell Beckham Jr is ready to return to New York, but no not for Big Blue but rather the NY Jets.
Kristian Dyer of Sports Illustrated noted the rumor mill is churning regarding a potential OBJ trade from the Cleveland Browns and that the NY Jets according to a source “would be an ideal landing spot.”
Odell Beckham Jr isn’t “actively” looking for a trade, but he’d be open to a return to the big apple.
The reasons for the potential partnership in the SI article featured: a young rising quarterback in Sam Darnold, the necessary cap space to add OBJ’s contract, and the desire to add “star power” on the offensive side of the ball.
From the NY Jets side of things, everything about this makes sense.
The team is in desperate need of talented players on offense, regardless of position. But if you consider the position, the team needs wide receiver help and no one can question the talent level of Odell Beckham Jr.
Also considering OBJ is coming off his worst season as a professional (fully healthy): 74 receptions for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns. Arguably Odell can be had on the cheap.
He was originally acquired by the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a first-round pick (No. 17), a third-round pick (No. 96), and safety Jabrill Peppers. Since then his value has only gone down.
The new Cleveland front office has zero ties to OBJ (brand new head coach and general manager) so why wouldn’t they be open to it?
Now the only thing the NY Jets have to be wary of is, of course, the personality and how he would potentially fit in the locker room. If you believe OBJ would have a negative impact on the development of your young quarterback you have to strongly weigh your options before you pull the trigger on a trade of this magnitude.
The team should only be interested if it wouldn’t take a massive haul to acquire his talents. Gang Green has a limited number of assets (both in cap space and draft picks) and they shouldn’t be in a rush to get rid of them.
Also, it’s worth noting that the 2020 NFL Draft is supposed to be one of the deepest at the wide receiver position in years so that’s also a very viable option to quench their thirst if they choose to bypass an OBJ deal.