The Odell Beckham Jr. watch continues. Despite the star free agent wide receiver being eligible to sign with a new team of his choosing roughly 48 hours ago after going unclaimed on waivers on Tuesday, Beckham has yet to make his final decision. Various reports indicate the three-time Pro Bowler will continue to take his time while analyzing any and all offers that have been made to secure his services.
Beckham is reportedly being pursued by at least a solid handful of teams, with several wide-ranging reports connecting him to the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs just to name a few. While each situation appears to have its positives and negatives depending on your outlook, the Packers should be the clear-cut frontrunners in Beckham's mind.
The NFC is bursting at the seams with potential Super Bowl contenders, and the Packers remain near the top of the list of teams likely to play in Los Angeles for the ultimate prize in February. The 7-2 Packers currently trail just the 8-1 Arizona Cardinals for the rights to clinching a bye week and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and have already defeated the Cardinals earlier this season, despite dealing with several COVID-related issues leading up to that contest.
The Packers check every box Beckham is looking for in a potential suitor. Beckham is reportedly looking to join a team with an elite signal-caller following years of failing to get on the same page with Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Aaron Rodgers remains one of the league’s most talented throwers of the football and would certainly please Beckham’s wishes in that regard. In Green Bay, Beckham would form one of the league’s most formidable duos on the outside along with superstar receiver Davante Adams. Beyond that, the Packers lack high-end weapons in the passing game and would almost certainly utilize Beckham as their No. 2 receiver, which would all but guarantee him the desired targets that were so frequently absent due to Cleveland’s run-heavy approach.
On the other side of this equation lies a general manager in Brian Gutekunst that should have plenty of interest in seriously pursuing Beckham. Green Bay's window to capture another Super Bowl is inching dangerously close to slamming shut for the foreseeable future should Rodgers decide to host the popular television game show Jeopardy or play elsewhere in 2022, two potential outcomes that nearly came to fruition just months ago. Green Bay's odd refusal to surround Rodgers with more reliable weapons in the passing game beyond Adams has served as a strange team-building method in recent seasons and has helped sour the relationship between player and organization. But capturing Beckham would go a long way to proving to Rodgers how serious they are in their quest to win a title.
To summarize, Beckham is likely looking for the ideal situation that possesses an elite quarterback willing to provide him with a high target share, and the opportunity to capture the Vince Lombardi Trophy in a few months’ time. The Packers are the only candidate that could realistically give him everything he’s looking for.