Free Agent Odell Beckham Jr. Considers Chiefs, Saints, Packers

Free Agent Odell Beckham Jr. Considers Chiefs, Saints, Packers

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Superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is finally a free agent, and he’s reportedly eyeing a few different teams. On Monday, the Cleveland Browns released the 29-year-old veteran. He cleared waivers on Wednesday. OBJ is now allegedly looking to join the Kansas City Chiefs, the New Orleans Saints, and the Green Bay Packers.

His reasoning is straightforward. The veteran player wants to finish this season on a team that makes it to the playoffs. Of the three organizations, only the Packers will see the Browns later in this season. Cleveland has already played the Chiefs and the Saints. As such, there is little chance that OBJ plays his former teammates again this season.

Why Did OBJ Leave?

The Browns are experiencing mixed results this season. They’re 5-4 going into Week 10, and Beckham has commented on social media that he has little connection to quarterback Baker Mayfield. Beckham asked the team to release him due to the friction with Mayfield and forced the team’s hand by releasing a video in which he reviewed the quarterback’s plays.

All of the plays in the video were unsuccessful rushing attempts in which Mayfield didn’t pass Beckham the ball. Sports commentators noted that the video was released only hours before the trade deadline. In effect, Beckham pushed himself off the Browns, insulting the team’s star QB and alleging that Mayfield is a selfish player.

The Browns will save $3 million by not employing Beckham for the rest of the 2021 season. OBJ has languished on the team this season, with only 232 yards and no touchdowns across 17 catches in six games. This performance is surprising after Beckham’s impressive years with the New York Giants.

League Responds to Rumors

Players and administrators from around the league reacted to the rumblings on Wednesday. The Chiefs’ star quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, told reporters that he hasn’t spoken to Beckham. “Obviously, he’s a really good football player who’s done a lot of great things in this league,” Mahomes remarked on Wednesday. “… I let [General Manager Brett Veach] handle that and I focus on this opponent this week and go out there and try to play with whoever is on the field.”

The Chiefs’ head coach, Andy Reid, also mentioned Veach when asked about Beckham. Reid told reporters that Veach always “keep his eyes and ears open,” and that he would be vigilant for any opportunities to strengthen the team.