Former LSU football wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr is reportedly on the trading block.
ESPN’s Bart Scott reported recently that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr is on the trading block.
Scott said on his radio show last week “I’m telling you right now: Odell Beckham is on the trading block, and it’s real right now”.
It’s not exactly surprising to see Beckham linked to trade rumors, given his strained relationship with the previous Browns coaching staff. But with a new staff in Cleveland, it seemed like Beckham and the Browns’ relationship was improving.
This could be a situation where Cleveland is simply looking at ways to improve their roster. Beckham hasn’t been at his best over the last couple of years (he hasn’t surpassed 1,300 receiving yards in a season since 2016), but he’s still one of the most dynamic players in the NFL — which means he’s an asset (and he’s only 27).
The Browns could certainly benefit from dealing Beckham, though it’s unclear what they’d be seeking in return.
I would think Cleveland is at least searching for a first round pick (and possibly more) in any potential deal for Beckham.
If that’s the case, I think I have the perfect trade partner for Cleveland.
The New Orleans Saints.
New Orleans has the No. 24 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Several mock drafts have the Saints selecting a wide receiver with that pick.
If the Saints are looking to add a wide receiver, why not add a player who is already proven?
Imagine Beckham in New Orleans lining up across from Michael Thomas (good luck to the rest of the NFC South if that happens).
Drew Brees might be 41 years old, but he could have a field day with Beckham and Thomas (and Emmanuel Sanders, who was recently signed by New Orleans).
Beckham back in New Orleans, where he attended high school, would be a good story, too (there’s plenty of crossover between the Saints’ fan base and LSU’s fan base).
The Saints have other needs they need to address (linebacker, future quarterback), but trading for OBJ might be too tempting to pass up.