4 teams who should pursue a trade for Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr.

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The writing seems to be on the wall for Odell Beckham Jr. in Cleveland and he could be one of the next star players on the move this offseason. Beckham, 28, is a wide receiver for the Browns who has struggled to garner consistency since he was traded to Cleveland due to a variety of injuries.

Beckham, however, is still one of the most polarizing prospects in the NFL due to his ridiculous catch radius and blazing speed. He is in a class of his own when it comes to having tremendous speed and being virtually unguardable with his unreal catch radius.

In 2020, Beckham only managed to muster up seven game appearances for the Browns and struggled heavily with injuries all season long. Beckham, in those seven games, managed to haul in 23 receptions for 319 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

He seems to love it in Cleveland and was all about cheering on his teammates as they made a playoff push, but all good things come to an end at some point.

There would be a great market for Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason, especially with the surplus amount of teams looking for a centerpiece of their receiving corps.

Let’s take a look at four teams who could be interested in dealing for the seven-year veteran.

New Orleans Saints

Odell Beckham Jr. taking his talents to his old stomping grounds just makes too much sense. The Saints have proven time and time again that they can maneuver their cap space into making whatever deal they want to make and bringing in Beckham could be one that interests them.

One of the biggest restraining factors for the Saints in 2020 was their lack of reliable receiving depth. Michael Thomas battled injuries all season and Emmanuel Sanders didn’t really pick up his play until the end of the year. Adding Beckham to the mix could give the Saints a Pro Bowl talent to line up opposite of Thomas and help whoever the starting quarterback winds up being to be make a flawless transition.

It’s hard to gauge a deal for a guy like Beckham, but the Saints could offer up a package that includes Sanders and a couple mid to late round picks.

A deal to land Beckham in New Orleans has been rumored in the past, but it could come to fruition this offseason if both sides are interested.

New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are very much in the market for a big time wide receiver and Odell Beckham Jr. could be on their radar. The Patriots quite literally saw zero success from their receiving unit in 2020 and it’s an area they’ll need to improve on if they hope to contend in 2021.

The Patriots, fortunately, have a ton of cap space to be able to make a deal for a guy like Beckham and they should certainly look to do it. Odell, when he’s healthy, is a top five wide receiver in the NFL and under a mastermind head coach like Bill Belichick, he could easily regain that form.

New England needs a bit of help to get back to where they once were, but trading for Beckham would surely be a step in the right direction. If the Patriots offered up their second-round pick to the Browns for him, a deal could get done.

Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts, much like the Patriots, have a need at the wide receiver position and have plenty of cap space to acquire the services of a top tier talent. One guy they could pursue is Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham is more than capable of being the Colts’ top target if a trade were to go down and his presence on the team could be a major stepping stone in the redevelopment of quarterback Carson Wentz. His ability to make any catch would be greatly appreciated in Indy and he could take the Colts’ young receiver, Michael Pittman Jr., under his wing as well.

The upside that trading for Beckham has is far better than the downside of a potential injury. The Colts have the room to make this happen and they could flip a few future picks to try to land his services.

Green Bay Packers

It’s no surprise that the biggest restraining factor over the past few years for the Green Bay Packers has been their lack of notable receivers. The Packers haven’t had a dominant receiving tandem since they had Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, and Donald Driver all on the same team and Odell Beckham Jr. could help change that.

One of the Packers’ only true need this offseason is the wide receiver position. The Packers need to get some help for Aaron Rodgers on the offensive side of the ball and adding Beckham could help their offense tremendously.

If the Packers packaged some picks to the Browns, they may be able to get a deal done. The Browns could be more enticed to ship Beckham to an NFC team due to not wanting to have to play against him as often and the Packers could be a great fit.