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Odell Beckham Jr.’s 3 Best Free Agent Fits

  • Justin Melo
  • March 11, 2022
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With next week’s free agency signing period swiftly approaching, Odell Beckham Jr. qualifies as the most intriguing wide receiver that’s currently set to reach the open market. Franchises searching for free-agent upgrades at the pass-catching positions were dealt a significant blow when Davante Adams, Chris Godwin, and Mike Williams accepted new deals with their current teams or were given the franchise tag.

After partially orchestrating his own midseason departure from the struggling Cleveland Browns (with an assist from his father), Beckham enjoyed a much-needed second-half resurgence with the Los Angeles Rams. Beckham hit the ground running in Hollywood by recording a healthy five touchdown receptions in eight regular-season appearances, and the best was yet to come. Beckham was excellent throughout the postseason, having totaled 21 receptions for 288 yards and two touchdowns in Los Angeles’ four postseason triumphs, including a nine-catch, 113-yard performance against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. Beckham then opened the scoring in Super Bowl LVI by securing a 17-yard touchdown catch to give the Rams a 7-0 first-quarter lead. Disaster struck in the second quarter when Beckham suffered a torn ACL.

Beckham undeniably played a sizable role in Los Angeles’ Super Bowl victory despite ending the contest on the sidelines. It’s worth monitoring how Beckham’s long road to recovery will impact his prospects and opportunities in free agency. By all accounts, the Rams are expected to make a valiant effort to retain Beckham, and the expected outcome is that he’s a Los Angeles Ram next season.

General manager Les Snead has some difficult decisions to make as several key performers are scheduled to become free agents in addition to Beckham, including Von Miller, Darious Williams, and Joseph Noteboom, to name a few. A new deal with Beckham hasn’t been agreed upon yet, and we’ve identified three free-agent fits for Beckham should he ultimately test the open market.


There are plenty of bottom-of-the-league franchises with a plethora of cap space to their names, but Beckham is unlikely to welcome the opportunity to play for a struggling team after his ugly experience with the Browns. The Las Vegas Raiders certainly qualify as an intriguing destination.

New general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels possess excellent reputations for the work they accomplished throughout longstanding tenures with the New England Patriots. The brilliant offensive-minded McDaniels inherits a Raiders franchise that qualified for the postseason in 2021 and already has several high-level offensive pieces in place, including quarterback Derek Carr, tight end Darren Waller, and slot receiver Hunter Renfrow.

What McDaniels and the Raiders currently lack is a boundary receiver that’s capable of dominating opposing cornerbacks on the outside. Beckham showcased that he still possesses the necessary abilities to perform at a high level on the outside. The Raiders enter the offseason with more than $36 million in available cap space, per Spotrac.

Playing in the new-look AFC West that now employs Russell Wilson and Khalil Mack in addition to the star power it already possessed means the Raiders must aggressively spend their resources starting next week. Beckham would be a fantastic addition to an underrated offense.


The Eagles served as one of the more heartwarming underdog stories of the 2021 campaign. Few expected the Eagles to contend and qualify for the postseason in the first year of the Nick Sirianni and Jalen Hurts era, but the Eagles defied the odds by winning nine contests and earning a playoff berth. The impending offseason must center around improvement as general manager Howie Roseman now looks to help his Eagles team take the desired step forward while becoming a double-digit win team annually.

Hurts showcased the desired personal and professional growth necessary to make investing in his continued development a worthwhile experiment. Still just 23 years of age, Hurts is younger than some quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Surrounding the former Oklahoma signal-caller with more pass-catching weapons on the boundary is a no-brainer decision this offseason, as the Eagles look to diversify an offensive attack that was overly dependent on their ability to run the football.

DeVonta Smith experienced a fruitful rookie campaign and finding him a more appropriate running mate is necessary, as the likes of Jalen Reagor and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside continue to flounder opportunities. Beckham would immediately upgrade an Eagles franchise that remains a strong contender to qualify for the postseason for a second consecutive time in 2022.


Persistent injury issues ruined the Ravens’ 2021 season. Baltimore entered the campaign as strong Super Bowl contenders but unexpectedly missed the postseason due to an unprecedented run of summer injuries that saw the team lose the likes of Marcus Peters, Gus Edwards, and J.K. Dobbins before the regular season even began. Further injuries to Lamar Jackson, Ronnie Stanley, and Marlon Humphrey doomed the Ravens’ season.

Prior to suffering from an unfortunate late-season ankle-related ailment, Jackson was showcasing considerable growth as a pure passer of the football. He was well on track to set new career-bests in passing completion percentage and yards before he was forced to miss the final four weeks of the regular season. Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta would be wise to buy into Jackson’s growth as a passer by surrounding him with more high-level weapons in the passing game.

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown crossed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his professional career in 2021 and finally began looking like a legitimate WR1. Mark Andrews remains one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the league, and Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman enjoyed a strong second-half rookie campaign after injury delayed his debut. Adding Beckham to this underrated group of pass-catchers would provide Jackson with several options in an improving passing game.