For a few years now, the Green Bay Packers have been mentioned as a potential fit for Odell Beckham Jr. Without a doubt, OBJ is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL. He is still under contract with Cleveland, but they may be willing to move him with the emergence of Jarvis Landry as their number one receiver. For the Packers, the cost to get OBJ will likely be very reasonable.
OBJ lit the NFL on fire during his rookie season in 2014. He made the Pro Bowl while hauling in 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. In addition, he led the NFL in receiving yards per game with 108.8. OBJ made the Pro Bowl again in each of the next two seasons, logging over 1,350 yards and double-digit touchdown receptions in each season.
After an injury-shortened 2017, OBJ came back in 2018 with another 1,000-yard receiving season. That year was his last in New York, and he moved to Cleveland for the 2019 season. He had an excellent first season with the Browns. OBJ had a second-straight 1,000-yard season, but was evidently displeased by his diminishing role.
This past season, OBJ was limited to just seven games, but it was clear that he was not going to be even a second option in the receiving game. For the Browns and OBJ, the time may have come for them to part ways.
How OBJ Will Fit on the Packers
Obviously, Davante Adams is and will be the Packers number one receiving option in 2021 (and hopefully years beyond). However, the Packers have lacked a reliable deep threat down the sideline ever since Jordy Nelson was let go.
Marques Valdez-Scantling showed flashes in 2020, but was plagued by bad drops. Clearly, he is better suited as a third or fourth option within this offense. OBJ could step in as the second receiver on day one, and would provide Aaron Rodgers will that deep threat he loves. Rodgers would be, by far, the best quarterback to ever throw to OBJ, and his production could return to his early-career level.
The Packers had the NFL’s best offense in 2020. However, a receiving core of Adams, OBJ, Lazard, and MVS would create serious problems for opposing defenses. Add in the bruising running of AJ Dillon, the Packers offense could be historically good in 2021.