Potential OBJ Trades


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Article written by Dylan Devine (9/19/20)

Here we are again. Another season where rumors are going around of the possibility of the Cleveland Browns trading wide receiver The former 12th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft had a few great seasons with the New York Giants. During his time in New York he was named Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press, had one of the greatest NFL catches/plays of all time, and put up a total of 5,476 receiving yards and 44 receiving touchdowns. The Giants ultimately ended up trading Beckham to the Cleveland Browns in 2018. Since his time in Cleveland, his stats have decreased and he has not had as much production for the team as “experts” and fans alike expected him to have. Nobody really knows why this is. It could be an issue or lack of chemistry with Baker Mayfield who has also struggled or it could be the constant change of coaching personnel for the Browns. It is also a fact that since the leg injury he suffered in 2017 his production has gone down. Last season everyone had very high hopes for the Browns team as on paper they were stacked, but they went 7-8-1 and didn’t even make the playoffs. Now we are in the beginning of the 2020 season and the Browns really struggled in week one and that is when the rumors began to swirl that the team was thinking of trading Beckham. It is said that it would be tough for any team to trade for Beckham as there is a lot to manage financially, which means the Browns would be looking for a lot in return for him if a trade did go down. Beckham’s cap hit this year is $14.5M which would be quite the amount for any team to take on. This obviously is all just rumors and these trade ideas I am about to provide are just hypothetical, but I am going to give some of my potential ideas for the Browns to pull of a deal to move Beckham. I will be listing four teams that I think would be a good fit for Beckham and could possibly participate in a trade with the Browns.

New England Patriots

In all honesty, I believe the Patriots are the most realistic team to land Beckham in a trade with the Browns. Before Beckham was traded to the Browns, he was rumored to be getting traded to the Patriots back in 2018 and it is known that he has had interest in being in New England since then. He has a close relationship with Cam Newton and they work out together often so they would already have some chemistry together. I think he’d be a great fit in New England as they would for sure know how to get him the ball consistently and would be their new number one threat on offense. The Patriots currently have the most cap space in the NFL and could definitely make this work financially, I am just not too sure what they would have to give up for Beckham.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I am solely putting the Buccaneers on this list because of Brady and Beckham being linked since the 2018 rumors of OBJ being traded to New England. OBJ has expressed his admiration for Brady in the past and has said he would love to play with him. The only trade scenario I could see possibly working both ways is maybe a Godwin for OBJ swap along with some draft picks. I still stand by my opinion that Brady is going to struggle this season, but having Mike Evans and OBJ as his one and two receivers would be insane. Godwin and Evans is already a fantastic duo, but I feel like OBJ would bring something else to Tampa Bay.

Philadelphia Eagles

Alshon Jeffrey has not been too good of a fit in Philly. It came out that the team tried moving him before week one, but Jeffrey being injured prevented that from happening. Carson Wentz needs a solid receiver to throw too and OBJ would be that solution. DeSean Jackson is getting up there in age and is injury prone, so he doesn’t really have a great number one guy. I think Philadelphia could definitely make something work to acquire Beckham, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Las Vegas Raiders

Derek Carr lost two stud receivers over the past three seasons. He had Amari Cooper for three seasons, then the Raiders acquired Antonio Brown prior to the 2019 season, but we all know how that panned out. Jon Gruden going for another star receiver makes sense. Carr’s best two receivers currently are Hunter Renfrow and Henry Ruggs III. Adding OBJ to that group would be a big help to the Raiders. Ruggs is going to be a stud in the NFL and putting him alongside OBJ would be huge. This trade just makes sense. It is just another scenario where I am not too sure what they would give up for Beckham. Maybe sending some future picks and an offensive linemen could work as Cleveland could use a guard.

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