Waiver Wire: Does Odell Beckham Jr. make sense for the Eagles?
Finally some news? Odell Beckham Jr. has officially been released by the Cleveland Browns today. It’s not very often an elite wide receiver becomes available via the free agent market. The best part is, he can be claimed for a base salary near the league minimum. The rest of Beckham’s remaining salary would be going to him in a signing bonus.
Does it make sense for the Eagles to target OBJ? I certainly would. Odell Beckham Jr. is still one of the most talented receivers in the NFL. He was completely misused and underutilized during his time in Cleveland. With 51 receiving touchdowns on his career, as well as 7,062 yards, Beckham is as close to a proven commodity you can get. I refuse to let his time in Cleveland sway my opinions on signing him. Matter of fact, his first year with the Browns he had over 1,000 yards receiving.
This is a no brainer move in my opinion. Odell is only 29 years old. He has the experience that the current Eagles receiving corps lacks. Not to mention, it would give Hurts a proven, elite pass target. Then, we could make a really fair assessment on Hurt’s future with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Here is the current waiver wire order:
- Detroit Lions
- Miami Dolphins
- Houston Texans
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- New York Jets
- New York Giants
- Washington Football Team
- Philadelphia Eagles
I know a lot has been made out about his character. That argument certainly holds weight. With that said, the city of Brotherly Love is the perfect place to get that straightened out. There’s certainly something to be said about how great the Eagles locker room is. At the very least, this Eagles squad is a close bunch of men. They fight for each other every Sunday. Perhaps Beckham would be too much of a distraction.
I don’t care, this is a risk that Howie Roseman needs to take. Looks like Eagles CB Darius Slay would agree.
Will it actually happen?
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they are going to be facing a lot of competition for Beckham. I highly doubt the Eagles are atop of Odell’s preferred destinations. I also feel like at this point in his career he would prefer to play with a veteran quarterback on a team that is a contender to win a Super Bowl sooner than later. He has every right to feel that way. He has spent his 8 years in the NFL playing with a lot of mediocre quarterbacks. A washed Eli Manning, Daniel Jones, and Baker Mayfield. I would expect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as The Green Bay Packers to be Odell’s preferred destinations.
Mandatory Credit: Associated Press