All signs point to the NY Jets signing Odell Beckham soon
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets could be on the verge of signing free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The Jets are considered the favorites to sign the former All-Pro receiver, and his social media activity continues to suggest a singing could be near.
Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner tweeted out a photo on Thursday that seemed to be an homage to Beckham's famous one-handed catch. Beckham took notice and responded to the standout cornerback.
This is far from the first time Beckham has interacted with Jets players on Twitter in recent days/weeks. He did so with Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton just a week ago.
Beckham was also spotted at the NFL's league meetings in Arizona having an extended conversation with general manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh, with the interaction ending in an embrace with the latter.
There's a lot of smoke around Beckham to the Jets, and it's starting to feel like it's a matter of time until he ends up in Florham Park.
Odell Beckham seems likely to sign with the NY Jets before long
ESPN's Dan Graziano reported on Thursday that the Jets are "the most likely landing spot" and that Beckham might just be waiting on the Aaron Rodgers trade to be finalized. Graziano did note, however, that the Baltimore Ravens are making a late push.
The interest between Beckham and the Jets appears to be mutual. The Jets would love to give Rodgers another weapon in the receiving corps, notably a player that he specifically wanted. Meanwhile, Beckham seems to be very happy with the notion of returning to New York to play with Rodgers.
The Jets already have a pretty deep receiving corps with Garrett Wilson, Allen Lazard, Mecole Hardman, and Corey Davis, although the assumption is still that Davis won't be on the roster come Week 1. He very well might be a part of the Rodgers trade.
Beckham wouldn't be a featured target in the Jets' offense, but if he can even be 70-80 percent of the player he used to be, he would still provide plenty of value.
The sticking point right now with Beckham is finding a price tag that works for both parties. Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported on Thursday that Beckham was still looking for a deal worth $15 million per year earlier this week.
That isn't going to work for the Jets. Realistically, he might need to cut that yearly salary in half, at least if he wants to play in New York. The Jets don't really have the financial flexibility (nor would it be wise) to pay Beckham what he's looking for.
It's not a done deal yet, but all signs point to Beckham signing with the Jets. From the social media recruitment to reports suggesting the Jets are the favorites, it almost feels like a foregone conclusion that Beckham ends up in New York.