Odell Beckham Jr. could make a surprise return to New York this offseason and join the NY Jets, as far-fetched as it may sound.
The Los Angeles Rams star wideout expressed his desire to re-sign with his current team when he enters free agency and is reportedly willing to take a pay cut. After winning the Super Bowl, we'd imagine Beckham is even keener on staying in Los Angeles.
A smaller salary may not be enough for the Rams to keep him, though. If Rams wide receiver Robert Woods recovers by the start of the season, the Rams already have a solid WR trio. On top of that, Beckham will be recovering from his second ACL injury and isn't guaranteed to be healthy for 2022.
Los Angeles may also want to shift priorities to re-signing Von Miller to maintain an elite defense next season. In the event that the Rams and Beckham don't reach a mutual agreement, the Jets could potentially poach the star wide receiver.
Pro Football Network's Ben Rolfe wrote about Beckham's top landing spots this offseason, including the Jets as a desirable option.
"A trio of Elijah Moore, Corey Davis, and Beckham would give Zach Wilson a tremendous supporting cast to work with in 2022. The Jets have other needs this offseason, but providing more support for Wilson has to be a priority. It would be a risky move, but it has the potential to be very successful for the Jets."- Ben Rolfe
Odell Beckham Jr. could consider a move to the NY Jets this offseason (but he probably won't)
Admittedly, there is one glaring reason this trade would never happen. When Beckham was unhappy in Cleveland last season and started to look for a new home, he had one major requirement: he wanted to compete for a ring.
He won't be doing that on the Jets, not for at least a few years.
Beckham would be better off joining the Los Angeles Chargers, who have a more experienced and proven signal-caller in Justin Herbert, or even the Indianapolis Colts, where he could complement Jonathan Taylor's strong run game.
Compared to those teams, the Jets have much less to offer. Still in their rebuilding years, New York will be in the wide receiver market this offseason, possibly picking up a developmental prospect in the draft or a hot commodity on the trade market.
At 29, Beckham may simply not want to waste his precious years on building a playoff-contending team in New York. He already had his run with the Giants, and there's little reason for him to put all his eggs in the Jets' basket for 2022.