The NY Jets' decision to trade Elijah Moore on Wednesday was met with mixed reactions from fans and players alike, the Jets clearly aren't done with their wide receiver room yet. Odell Beckham Jr. remains very much in the mix.
The Athletic's Connor Hughes reported Wednesday night that the Jets' interest in Beckham is "very real," and that there is mutual interest between the two sides. Hughes went as far as to say he "would be surprised" if an Aaron Rodgers/Odell Beckham pairing didn't come to fruition.
This claim was furthered by ESPN's Jeff Darlington, who insisted Thursday morning that "both sides would like to see the deal done." Darlington claimed that the only hold-up at this time is monetary.
The Jets want Beckham. Beckham wants the Jets. Now, it's about finding a number that works for both parties.
Expect the NY Jets to sign Odell Beckham Jr. when all is said and done
The Jets' interest in Beckham isn't anything new. In fact, CBS Sports' Josina Anderson has been connecting the dots between Beckham, Rodgers, and the Jets since January.
The Beckham rumors heated up again after he was revealed to be on Rodgers' so-called "wishlist" and when he was seen FaceTiming Sauce Gardner ahead of his workout in front of NFL teams earlier this month.
The departure of Moore has left a sizable hole in the Jets' wide receiver room. Garrett Wilson is an excellent WR1, but the Jets can certainly do better than Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman as their WR2 and WR3.
Adding Beckham would complete the team's receiving corps and give Rodgers a very talented crop of skill position players to work with — a significantly better group than what he had in recent years with the Packers.
There are red flags with Beckham, most notably his injury history. The former All-Pro wide receiver hasn't played since tearing his ACL (for the second time) in Super Bowl LVI. It will be nearly 20 months since his last NFL game when he steps back on the field in September.
The other question remains the price point. What are the Jets willing to pay for Beckham, and what is he willing to accept? Reports suggest that Beckham was looking for a contract worth $15-20 million at the start of free agency before realizing that teams weren't going to pay that.
Beckham recently tweeted that he wasn't looking for $20 million per season while also suggesting that $4 million wasn't enough either. It's hard to say what Beckham's market is, given his injury history and modest production in recent years.
The Jets and Beckham are determined to find a deal that works for both sides. The desire is there for a union between Beckham and the Jets — now, it's all about finding a happy medium.