3 options for the NY Jets after missing on Odell Beckham Jr.

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As reported on Sunday, Odell Beckham Jr. will be taking his talents elsewhere to play during the 2023 season. The talented wide receiver was heavily rumored to be interested in playing for the NY Jets, and the feeling was seemingly mutual.

In fact, a meeting was scheduled for less than 24 hours after the signing was announced for him to come to meet the staff, general manager, and owner.

It's hard to blame the Jets for not signing Beckham to a deal. His contract with the Ravens is worth $15 million in guaranteed money with a maximum of $18 million with incentives.

The Jets simply do not have that amount of money to dish out to a player who has had two ACL surgeries in the last few years and has not topped 1,000 yards in four seasons. He gave the Jets an opportunity to match the offer, but thankfully the Jets passed.

However, by passing on Beckham and his outlandish contract, they are possibly still in the market for another starting wide receiver. What exactly can the Jets do? Let's take a look at three legitimate options still on the table.

1. The NY Jets could trade for a big name

Beckham was not the only big name available on the open market. The reason the Jets were so tied to Beckham, though, was that he was the biggest free-agent prize to be had.

They did not have to give up draft picks, players, or additional compensation to get him — just the contract. With these other names, the Jets would be giving out additional draft picks to bring them into the building.

One name that I have written about at length before is DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals. He is a far more consistent and far healthier player than Beckham and also fits the offense more seamlessly.

Whereas Beckham best operates as a No. 1 option working out of various alignments, which Garrett Wilson already does, Hopkins is a true outside target. He is a master of the red zone and sideline and provides the Jets with someone who can consistently win physical matchups.

Originally, the price Arizona set was far too high. Demanding at least a first-round pick, none of the other 31 organizations took the bait. Hopkins is due a big salary and comes with a big cap hit, plus the first-round pick was not something teams were fighting to get in on.

Now that his price has dropped to a Day 2 pick (if not lower), could the Jets be interested? If they could talk the Cardinals down further, to say, a fourth-round pick or multiple late-round selections, I think this could make a lot of sense.

Other names to keep an eye on include Courtland Sutton or Jerry Jeudy of the Denver Broncos, Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and if they decide to truly go all in, Tee Higgins of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Jeudy and Sutton would come with the lowest cap hits and trade compensation required, but Higgins and Evans offer true No. 2 options. Again, for a few late-round picks, say a fifth and a sixth-rounder, those names could make sense.