Over the past two weeks, there have been reports circling around Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. that he’s unhappy with the team and is looking to make his first season in Cleveland his last.
The Browns have absolutely struggled this year where many people thought this could be a year that they reach the postseason. After a 38-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals dropping the Browns to 6-8, many players, including Beckham, have said, ”Come get me.” to opponents.
Fox Sports personality Skip Bayless suggested on Tuesday’s “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” that Beckham would like to play in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers.
Skip Bayless says Odell Beckham has privately suggested he’d like to play in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers.
OBJ did just sign a huge extension and the Browns just traded for him, but it would cost CLE less than $3M in dead cap to deal him again.
Contract isn’t onerous for GB
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) December 10, 2019
With just two games left in the regular season, it’s clear to everyone that the Green Bay Packers don’t have a No. 2 option in the passing game. Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have not made the jump to solidify that role. It looks like Allen Lazard is starting to take over as the second-wide receiver in the passing game, but Lazard might not be the long-term option. Star wide receiver Davante Adams is the clear-cut No. 1 receiver on the team, but he wouldn’t mind having the superstar wide receiver next to him.
Beckham did just sign a huge contract extension when he was traded from the New York Giants to Cleveland for five years, $90 million. If the Browns decide to trade Beckham, they would have to take $2.75 million in dead cap. The Packers in the 2020 season have $25.8 million in cap space, but in 2020 Beckham is set to make $14.3 million, then $15.8 million in 2021, $15 million in 2022 and 2023. This season was the most Beckham would make in his contract at $17 million.
Financially, the Packers could make the move and the best offer from them is going to take a 2020 first-round pick, 2020 fourth-round pick and Lane Taylor. The Packers are set to pick outside the top-19 in the 2020 draft class, so if they trade their pick it would save them around $3 million in cap space. If the Packers traded their fourth-round pick it would save them around a million dollars. Taylor is set to become a free agent in 2021 but will save the Packers $4.5 million and will help the Browns with their Offensive line.
That’s not it though, the Packers still have the chance to cut Jimmy Graham this season which will give the Packers $8 million. With all these moves the Packers have a chance to increase their cap to $28 million and use that money to resign players or go after who they desire. Yes, the Packers have a chance to increase their salary cap if they acquire Beckham if that’s the possible trade package and if they release Graham, it seems simple, right?
This season Beckham has 67 receptions, 910 yards, and two touchdowns. Clearly, this is a down season for the star wide receiver, but with your head coach being Freddie Kitchens and your quarterback being Baker Mayfield, I think we can cut the three-time Pro Bowler some slack.
Look, this is a must need move for the Green Bay Packers. They have had issues all year finding a No. 2 wide receiver, and this makes sense financially. Rodgers isn’t getting any younger and the window for another championship for him is closing.
If the Packers do go out and successfully acquire Odell Beckham Jr, they could spend their draft picks on other positions of need that could immediately make an impact. Spending those draft picks on depth for the Offensive or Defensive line, for example, would negate the need to draft a wide receiver.
This is a championship-caliber move that could bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Titletown. Brian Gutekunst needs to call John Dorsey when the new league year opens on March 18th at 4:00 p.m., ET and make it happen.