The race to sign Odell Beckham Jr is one of the most intriguing storylines yet to play out in the 2022 NFL season, and his next team could come down to an NFC East matchup – Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants.
Beckham Jr will visit with both the Cowboys and the Giants after Thanksgiving (and other potential suitors) as he weighs up where to sign for the remainder of the 2022 season. He is almost ready to return from the torn ACL which saw him limp out of Super Bowl LVI as the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals.
Dallas (currently +1500 to win Super Bowl LVII) traded away their own WR1 Amari Cooper to Cleveland in the offseason and now have CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, but adding another superstar would really make them a major postseason contender.
The Cowboys are 6-3 and coming out of their bye week, currently trailing the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East. But they have a dominant defense led by DPOY favorite Micah Parsons and an offense which has an elite QB in Dak Prescott and a significant one-two backfield punch in Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard.
Throw Beckham into that mix and we could have a repeat of last season, where the former Giant comes in and helps his new team to a Super Bowl. OBJ joined the Rams 10 weeks into the season and was a major contributor as the team claimed a Lombardi trophy in February.
The Giants though make a lot of sense for OBJ in a number of ways – he started his pro career with Big Blue of course and he would rejoin a 7-2 team desperate for the big-play potential he could bring to a playoff push.
Which teams are trying to sign Odell Beckham JR?
This is a hot race with a number of teams involved – most with Super Bowl aspirations:
- Dallas Cowboys (6-3) – Have won 6 of their last 8 games and now with Prescott back following that thumb injury, they are primed for a deep playoff run.
- Buffalo Bills (6-3) – This just would not be fair. The red-hot Super Bowl favorite, which already has Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis in the house, adding another terrific receiver. Come on…
- Kansas City Chiefs (7-2) – The second favorite in the Super Bowl odds and also loading up in the arms race for Glendale in February. Recently traded for former Giants WR Kadarius Toney, but has reportedly shown interest in Beckham too.
- Los Angeles Rams (3-7) – This of course makes a ton of sense for the Rams, they signed Beckham in 2021 after all and he helped them win a Super Bowl. It doesn’t make as much sense now though for OBJ, they are a struggling team with a horrible offensive line. Their postseason hopes are hanging by a thread.
- New York Giants (7-2) – Recently traded away Toney and the lack of production at WR has been the biggest issue during a surprising start to the season. Would OBJ agree to the homecoming?
- Green Bay Packers (4-7) – This absolutely makes some sense, with one caveat. The Packers, like the Rams, are flirting with playoff oblivion at 4-7. Aaron Rodgers needs to get something out of his depleted receiving corps quickly to get them back into the hunt by early December.
Where does OBJ want to sign?
So this apparently is not so much about location, it’s more about love.
After a disappointing spell in Cleveland and then a short-term rental in Los Angeles, the 30-year-old Beckham reportedly wants a multi-year contract and somewhere he can put down roots for the remainder of a career which might one day take him to the Hall of Fame.
That desire to put down some more permanent roots likely comes from Beckham’s personal situation too. He and girlfriend Lauren Wood welcomed their first child – Zydn Beckham – into the world just days after that Super Bowl win in February.
Odell Beckham Jr Stats
Since being drafted in Round 1 by the Giants back in 2014 out of LSU, Beckham has been a real stud in the pros. But there have been down times as well (notably that spell in Cleveland).
Overall Beckham has played in 96 games, catching 531 balls for 7367 yards at an average of 13.9 yards a pop. He has 56 career touchdowns.
The most relevant stats for potential suitors right now (apart from the lowdown on his surgically-repaired ACL) are those from 2021 with the Rams. In eight games with L.A. he caught 27 balls for 305 yards and 5 TDs. His addition though following the season-ending injury to Robert Woods proved crucial in that Super Bowl run.
OBJ Contract: How much will he cost?
Beckham Jr took a pretty cheap deal to join the Rams midseason in 2021 It was $1.25million guaranteed, with $3million in incentives. And guess what, he aced them all.
The likelihood is he’ll cost more this time around, and as we said, he wants a multi-year deal.
At the age of 30 this might be his last shot at a big-money deal, so he will want to make the most of it.
Our friends at Spotrac believe he will command something like $13.1million APY for a two-year deal.