What including Odell Beckham Jr. would imply for the New York Jets
The New York Jets‘ presumptive quarterback, unsuccessful in 2021 and 2022 when Beckham was a free agent, included him on his so-called want listing, saying lately on “The Pat McAfee Present,” “Who would not need Odell on their staff?”
Regardless of a crowded receiver room — 5 gamers with beginning expertise — the Jets and Beckham have mutual interest. He’d be their splashiest free-agent signing since operating again Le’Veon Bell in 2019, becoming a member of NFL Offensive Rookie of the 12 months Garrett Wilson and newcomers Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman at wideout.
Lazard additionally was on Rodgers’ listing and — voila! — he landed a four-year, $44 million contract. Clearly, the Jets are doing all the pieces they will to accommodate Rodgers, whose commerce to them can be finalized as quickly because the Jets and Green Bay Packers agree on compensation. On Thursday, Hardman signed a one-year deal that may max out at $6.5 million. Is Ezekiel Elliott subsequent? The previous Dallas Cowboys operating again is considering the Jets, a supply informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter — maybe one other signal that Rodgers finally touchdown in New York has made them a free-agent vacation spot.
“They’re simply intoxicated with Rodgers,” a longtime personnel govt stated of the Jets’ brass. “They’ve offered their soul now.”
Rodgers and Beckham have not been teammates earlier than, however they developed a long-distance friendship over time. Talking final fall to McAfee, Rodgers stated “with a participant like that, you are all the time hoping there is a time when you possibly can determine issues out and play collectively.”
Rodgers and the Packers confirmed curiosity in Beckham when he was launched by the Cleveland Browns in the course of the 2021 season. Rodgers thought that they had a reliable shot, however Beckham signed with the Los Angeles Rams and received a Tremendous Bowl. In 2022, when Beckham was flirting with a comeback after his second ACL surgical procedure, Rodgers once more publicly lobbied. This time, his buddy wound up sitting out the season as he continued to recuperate.
A possible Jets-Beckham pairing is intriguing on so many ranges. Can they afford him? Do they really want one other receiver? Even after Wednesday’s commerce of Elijah Moore to the Browns, they nonetheless have Corey Davis and Denzel Mims on the roster (for now). Maybe the largest query: Is Beckham, who can be 31 in November and hasn’t performed a recreation in additional than 13 months (since Tremendous Bowl LVI), nonetheless the identical participant?
The Jets, one of many groups that attended his latest exercise in Arizona, consider so. They’ve a do-everything receiver in Wilson. They’ve a vertical menace in Hardman, who can affect protection along with his deep pace. They’ve a short- to intermediate goal in Lazard. They consider Beckham would complement them to spherical out their receiving corps, most likely making Davis ($11.2 million cap) expendable.
Nonetheless, there are questions: Beckham’s final 1,000-yard season got here in 2019 with the Browns. He has 12 receiving touchdowns in his final 37 video games, in comparison with 35 in his first 43 video games (all with the New York Giants). However — and here is the explanation he tantalizes his suitors — he finally received snug with the Rams and was unbelievable throughout their championship run.
Within the NFC Championship Sport, he had 9 catches for 113 yards. Within the Tremendous Bowl, he was off to a terrific begin with two catches for 52 yards earlier than the devastating knee harm.
“Guys like which might be good for one yr on a prove-it deal,” stated a veteran scout who has studied Beckham intently all through his profession. “In case you suppose he might be that one man to place you excessive, to get you to a Tremendous Bowl, then do it. If Rodgers likes him and he is , I would have an interest, too, if I had been the Jets.”
Future Corridor of Fame quarterbacks generally have an affinity for sure receivers.
“[Tom] Brady had an infatuation with Antonio Brown, so I get it,” stated the personnel govt, alluding to the quarterback-receiver tandem that fizzled in two locations, New England and Tampa Bay. “I am not saying [Beckham] would not have a job — he is nonetheless gifted — however I do not know what baggage he is bringing. He used to have that diva mentality. He is toned it down — maturity occurred alongside the best way — however I do not see him as $10 million or $12 million participant.”
Beckham’s asking worth? Let’s join some dots.
In 2018, Allen Robinson II was a free agent after lacking practically a complete season on account of an ACL harm and nonetheless landed $14 million per yr from the Chicago Bears (three years, $42 million). The Dallas Cowboys had been pursuing Beckham, however pivoted to buying and selling for Brandin Cooks, giving up two draft picks and paying him $12 million in base wage this season — a fairly good indication that Beckham’s worth most likely is a couple of million north of $12 million on a one-year deal. The Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs additionally have been linked to Beckham.
You may argue the Jets would have sufficient weapons for Rodgers even with out Beckham. Hardman, explaining his choice to signal, talked about the opposite receivers as the first motive.
“I believe enjoying alongside [Lazard] can be nice, and so they’ve received a terrific second-year participant now in Garrett Wilson, who had a completely unbelievable yr,” Hardman stated Thursday on a Zoom name with reporters. “These names, simply to play alongside them, undoubtedly is engaging.”
One other identify may very well be added to the group, one of many largest names within the sport.