Free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will return to the football field very soon. The only question is which NFL team will sign him.
The three-time Pro Bowler suffered a torn ACL in Super Bowl 56 last February. His Los Angeles Rams went on to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in the big game, giving OBJ his first Super Bowl championship ring.
Any playoff contending team could use Beckham, and it feels like half the league has been linked to him. His high school football coach, Nelson Stewart, spoke to the New York Post and said he’d “flip a coin between” two NFC teams winning the Beckham sweepstakes:
“If I’m a betting man right now, I’d flip a coin between New York (the Giants) and Dallas. It’s tight. But of all the teams I’ve heard about, the one that really resonates a little bit more is New York. And you can certainly say the Giants have the most intrigue with Odell’s old coach.”
Social media had a lot to say following Stewart’s comments. Here are some of the best reactions.
Beckham was drafted 12th overall by the Giants in 2014. He immediately emerged as one of the game’s elite wide receivers, racking up 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in his rookie year despite missing four games.
In his five seasons with the Giants, Beckham finished with three Pro Bowl nods and 390 receptions for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns. Less than a year after signing a lucrative extension with the Giants, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in a 2019 blockbuster.
But the Browns failed to properly use Beckham in their offense, and he missed most of the 2020 season after suffering a torn ACL. He was released by the Browns in the midst of the 2021 season, and the Rams picked him up on a cheap one-year deal.
Beckham regained his game-changing form as a Ram, finishing with 27 catches for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight regular season games. In the playoffs, he had 21 receptions for 288 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Giants and Cowboys occupy the top two wild card spots in the NFC, so they definitely make sense as potential suitors for the 30-year-old.