NY Jets HC Robert Saleh and Odell Beckham spotted together at a Suns game
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets haven't exactly made their pursuit of Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason a secret. Most recently, Beckham was spotted together with Jets head coach Robert Saleh at a Phoenix Suns basketball game on Friday.
Fans in attendance at the game were quick to note that both Beckham and Saleh were present at Footprint Center in Phoenix, and it didn't take long for a video to emerge of the two walking together.
This comes a week after Beckham made an impromptu appearance at the NFL's league meetings in Arizona. Saleh and Jets general manager Joe Douglas made sure to catch up with Beckham, and the three engaged in what was described as an "extended conversation."
Reports suggest the Jets remain the favorites to sign Beckham, although agreeing on a price point remains the major holdup. Beckham could be looking for a deal worth as much as $15 million per season, and the Jets seemingly have no intention of paying him that.
Will the NY Jets sign Odell Beckham?
There has been mutual interest in Beckham joining the Jets for months now, with reports dating back to January. Beckham seems to welcome a return to New York and the opportunity to play with Aaron Rodgers, while Rodgers and the Jets would love to bring him aboard.
The Jets aren't the only interested party, however. The Baltimore Ravens remain very much in the mix, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday that they offered Beckham a contract.
Beckham has not formally met with the Jets yet, and the two sides do appear to be a ways apart when it comes to money, but the desire is clearly there. By all accounts, Beckham wants to sign with the Jets. It just comes down to money.
Saleh and the Jets are clearly doing their part to cultivate a strong relationship with Beckham, likely with the hope that he drops his asking price. These "informal meetings" are a way of building a rapport with the former All-Pro wide receiver.
At the end of the day, though, money talks. The Jets and Beckham will have to reach a financial compromise, or else these meetings will be for naught.