One of the most high-flying yet polarizing players in the National Football League, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., could be changing teams for the second straight offseason. After spending five seasons with the New York Giants, breaking records left and right, the football world was stunned when New York traded the three-time Pro Bowler to the Cleveland Browns. On March […]
One of the most high-flying yet polarizing players in the National Football League, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., could be changing teams for the second straight offseason.
After spending five seasons with the New York Giants, breaking records left and right, the football world was stunned when New York traded the three-time Pro Bowler to the Cleveland Browns. On March 13, 2019, the Giants sent Beckham and defensive end Oliver Vernon to Cleveland in exchange for safety Jabril Peppers and guard Kevin Zeitler, as well as the Browns’ first and third round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Despite playing in all sixteen games for the Browns in 2019, Beckham had the worst offensive output, compared to all but his injury-shortened 2017 campaign. Beckham still hauled in 74 catches for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns. But in both terms of his presence on the field, and his ability to help the Browns win games, there was definitely more to be desired.
It’s not too surprising that the Browns are considering moving the wide receiver once again. At the top of the list of reasons why: there hasn’t been an indication the Browns “need” Beckham to win football games. Right after that, you can consider that many teams are still likely to pay a pretty penny for the wide receiver: even with the potential headaches he could bring to a locker room.
Per NFL insider Dov Kleiman, with information acquired by WFAN’s Marc Malusis, the Minnesota Vikings are engaged in advanced discussions to make a trade for Beckham.
For comparison, DeAndre Hopkins was recently traded with a fourth round pick from the Houston Texans to Arizona Cardinals in return for a second round pick, fourth round pick, and running back David Johnson.
Separately, the Texans acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth round pick from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a second round pick.
Beckham’s value was peaking over the last two seasons, but in 2020, a second and fifth round pick put’s his worth inbetween the likes of Hopkins and Cooks.
The Vikings passing offense was slow to start last season, despite having one of the most talented cores in the league. Currently, Beckham would be catching passes from Kirk Cousins, and playing alongside weapons like Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, and Dalvin Cook, if the trade were to be completed.
Beckham would partially be filling the shoes of Stefon Diggs, who was traded to the Buffalo Bills this offseason. In that tranasction, the Vikings sent Diggs and a seventh round pick to Buffalo in exchange for first, fifth, and sixth round selections in 2020 as well as a fourth round pick in 2021.
If the Vikings acquire Beckham for a second and fifth round pick in 2020, they will ultimately net positive: gaining more draft picks than they lost, while still retaining an elite receiver on the roster.
Would you make this trade if you were the Vikings? What about if you were the Browns? Does Odell Beckham Jr. still have more highlight reel seasons ahead of him? To join the conversation, make sure to follow and interact with Sak Sports Blog on Twitter.
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