Eagles address potential interest in WR Odell Beckham Jr.
The toxic relationship between the Cleveland Browns and Odell Beckham Jr. has come to an end, and now the focus is on where the three-time Pro Bowler will play next.
OBJ is widely expected to clear waivers as no contenders have the space to take him and his contract. A team would need roughly $8M in cap space to claim the remainder of his deal.
Surprisingly, the Eagles have the 2nd-most cap space in the league behind Jacksonville:
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So now the question looms, does Odell Beckham Jr. make sense for the Eagles? The team could certainly use a veteran pass-catcher.
Greg Ward is currently the oldest receiver on the roster, with DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor, and Quez Watkins all 23 years of age or younger.
However, bringing in OBJ is a marriage that the Eagles should probably avoid for several other reasons. First, Beckham would more than likely refuse to play for anyone other than a contender.
On top of that, he’s only appeared in 13 games over the last two seasons, catching 40 passes for 551 yards and 3 TDs.
Head coach Nick Sirianni spoke with the media Friday afternoon, addressing the team’s potential interest in the disgruntled wide receiver:
“You know what, we’re always looking to make the team better and we’ll obviously keep all those conversations inside, and I can’t speak on any rumors, whatever’s out there.
With that being said, though, I really feel good about our wide receiver room. I think they’re growing, I think we’ve got three young guys (DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, Jalen Reagor) that really can make plays and are continuing to make plays and we’ll just keep growing in confidence in them, and then I feel good about their backups as well with Greg Ward and J.J. (Arcega-Whiteside) and some of the guys, Deon Cain that we have on the practice squad, John Hightower, that we have on our practice squad, and KeeSean Johnson, that we have on our practice squad.”
Sirianni didn’t mention Beckham specifically, but it sounds as though the Eagles will move forward with their current group.
DeVonta Smith is the team’s leading receiver with 33 receptions for 421 yards and a touchdown.
While teams always have ways to create salary-cap space, as of this morning, nine NFL teams had over $7.25M in cap space, the amount now needed to claim Odell Beckham, Jr. next week: Jaguars, Eagles, Broncos, Seahawks, Panthers, Chargers, Steelers, Washington, Bengals.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2021
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