By Adam Thompson | | 5 mins
Odell Beckham Jr. Next Team Odds: Cowboys Heavy Favorites To Land OBJ
The 2022 NFL betting season is on the back stretch, yet one of the game’s premier wide receivers remains without a team. For now.
Odell Beckham Jr. has been rehabbing a torn ACL suffered in the Rams’ Super Bowl victory over the Bengals. The free agent didn’t sign with anyone in the offseason, in part due to concerns about his ability to bounce back and find his Pro Bowl form as he turns 30 this season.
But OBJ has been cleared to play and is now on a tour of potential teams – just in time for a postseason run. Beckham isn’t without his detractors, but he also has undeniable talent, and he could really help a contending team in need of a passing-game boost.
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Beckham caught 27 passes for 305 yards and five TDs in eight games as the No. 3 WR for the Rams in 2021, and had two receptions for 52 yards and a TD in the Super Bowl before a torn ACL that ended his Super Bowl experience and put most of the 2022 campaign on ice.
He played his best in the postseason, with 316 yards in four games, including a nine-reception, 113-yard game in the NFC Championship Game vs. the 49ers.
Odell has shown before that he wants to play for a winner and with an elite QB. That gives a big edge to some teams over others on this list. Earlier this fall, Beckham spoke to Complex Sports about what he's looking for as an NFL return looms.
OBJ is meeting with the Cowboys in the final leg of his free agency tour. He was seen chumming it up at the Mavericks game Monday night with Cowboys stars Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs, and noted "it's a good possibility" when asked about if he planned to sign with Dallas.
Beckham’s family reportedly prefers Dallas as the destination. The Cowboys traded Amari Cooper this offseason but has CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, who is rounding into form after his own return from an ACL tear.
The Cowboys rank a solid 3rd in scoring and are only 24th in passing. Dallas is a contender and could use an extra weapon for QB Dak Prescott, so the move makes sense on both sides. Dallas has been very public about its interest in adding Beckham to the mix.
Speaking of visits, Beckham made an unofficial visit to the Giants in October (to see friends such as Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard) and met up with them again in early December.
At 7-4, New York is just one game behind Dallas for second place in the NFC East and certainly in a spot to contend for the postseason. Beckham returning to his old stomping grounds would immediately make him the top target for QB Daniel Jones and pair him with the resurgent rusher Barkley. The Giants are 28th in passing, so they need him more than the Cowboys do.
In terms of cap space, the Cowboys have nearly $8 million immediately available, the Giants only $3.6 million. We'll see if New York brass can get creative enough to make a competitive offer.
The Buffalo Bills are also on the shortlist of stops for Beckham. Unlike the other two contending teams, the Bills are in no need of another weapon. The offense ranks No. 2 in scoring, the pass game ranks No. 4. If Beckham's motivation stems more from getting back to a Super Bowl and less on strictly financial terms (Buffalo currently has under $2 million in cap space), this could be the most tempting spot.
The Field is led by the Buccaneers, who reportedly reached out to Beckham's people. Tampa Bay leads the NFC South and if OBJ wants to play for an elite QB, it doesn't get any more elite than Tom Brady. Other teams considered top contenders just a few weeks ago have fallen by the wayside and are part of The Field as well. That includes the Rams and Packers, two former favorites to land Beckham. At 3-9 and 5-8, respectively, they're not the type of contender OBJ is looking to join.