Odell Beckham, Jr. is one of the most intriguing players on the NFL free-agent market in 2022. In 12 regular-season and playoff games with the Los Angeles Rams, the three-time pro bowler reinvigorated his damaged reputation. The superstar talent that he once showed with the New York Giants seemed to return as a part of the Super Bowl-winning squad.
Unfortunately for the man known as “OBJ,” he suffered an ACL tear in his left leg during the first half of Super Bowl LVI. It was the second time he tore that particular ligament since 2020. In a matter of minutes, he went from a player that scored a touchdown in the biggest game of the year, and had skyrocketing value, to a free agent who may not be ready for the start of the season.
After tearing the same ligament twice, there will certainly be some trepidation from teams over handing out a big contract to the LSU alum. Nevertheless, he is too talented for teams in need of a passing punch to not come calling. Here are three ideal landing spots for “OBJ.”
Las Vegas Raiders and OBJ are a match made in marketing heaven
The idea of Beckham, Jr. in a Las Vegas Raiders uniform just seems too perfect. For a franchise long known for having unique characters wearing silver and black, Beckham, Jr.’s personality would be a marketing dream as the team continues to build a fan base in Vegas.
The Raiders were the sixth-best passing team in the league last season as Derek Carr and Hunter Renfrow were a dynamic combination. On the surface, it would seem like they don’t need Beckham, Jr. But the Rams probably didn’t need him either. Yet look how impactful placing Beckham, Jr. on the other side of Cooper Kupp became for the eventual Super Bowl champs.
- Odell Beckham, Jr. stats (2022): 44 receptions, 537 yards receiving, 5 touchdowns
Beckham, Jr. could be that added ingredient to take Las Vegas to another level and make them a legit title contender. Plus, if Beckham’s asking price isn’t high after his injury, the team has close to $18 million in cap space to make him a solid offer.