Odell Beckham Jr. is the hottest remaining wide receiver free agent in the NFL at the moment.
Despite missing all of last season with a torn ACL, teams appear excited about the prospect of him returning to action fully healthy.
There was some chatter at one point that Beckham was seeking a $20 million annual salary, but those rumors were quickly dispelled.
Far more likely is something in the $8 to $10 million range for the Super Bowl champ and former Pro Bowler.
According to ESPN NFL insider Dan Graziano, a clear frontrunner for Beckham’s services has emerged at this point.
That frontrunner? The New York Jets.
“Beckham Jr. has offers on the table from multiple teams, and I am told the Jets are the most likely landing spot but that Beckham could be waiting to make sure the Aaron Rodgers deal gets completed before finalizing his own decision,” he wrote.
It would make sense that Beckham would wait to see if the Rodgers trade goes through before committing. Should it ultimately fall apart, the Jets’ quarterback situation would be extremely bleak.
Not ideal for a receiver looking to remind everyone why he was once regarded as a surefire future Hall of Famer.
That said, New York isn’t the only squad vying for Beckham’s services.
“Baltimore has made a push for Beckham as well,” Graziano added.
Buzz has intensified in recent days that a trade centering around Lamar Jackson and a surprising dark horse squad might be on the horizon.
If that doesn’t happen, though – it’s not particularly difficult to see the Ravens and Jackson mending their relationship before the start of next season.
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And should that happen, getting him a major weapon like Beckham would make a lot of sense.
Obviously there are a lot of variables at work right now. But as free agency progresses, and with teams making the trades they need to make, eventually the dust will settle.
Where will Beckham ultimately find himself sitting when the music finally stops? An answer one way or the other will emerge over the next few weeks.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.