The Packers know they may be in the final stages of Rodgers’ career, and the team is coming off a loss in the NFC championship game. After years of safe offseason planning, the Packers have recently shown more initiative and taken risks in both free agency and the draft.
The next move for the Packers? Well, it could be giving Rodgers a chance to throw touchdowns to Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr. could be available through trade
Odell Beckham Jr. may have played his final down with the Cleveland Browns.
Beckham is scheduled to make $14.5 million in 2021, and the Browns made the playoffs despite Beckham missing the final half of last season. Baker Mayfield looked sharp after Beckham went on injured reserve with a torn ACL in late-October.
Once an All-Pro receiver and one of the NFL’s top weapons, Beckham has not stuffed the stat sheet in recent years. The 28-year-old is currently scheduled to become a free agent following the 2023 season.
As of publication, Beckham had not publicly requested a trade. The Browns also had not publicly stated that they intend to work with Beckham on finding him a new home.
Aaron Rodgers needs the Packers to acquire Odell Beckham Jr.
Before the 2019 season, Aaron Rodgers had never thrown a touchdown to a player selected in the NFL draft’s first round.
Veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis has four receiving touchdowns in the last two years, so Rodgers at least broke that trend. But in nearly 15 years as the Packers’ starting quarterback, Rodgers has never had a legitimate threat who entered the league as a first-round pick.
Enter Odell Beckham Jr., if the Packers want to go that route. Beckham’s contract, coupled with him coming off an injury, could greatly impact his trade value.
In March 2019, the Browns traded guard Kevin Zeitler, safety Jabrill Peppers, and two draft picks — including the 17th overall pick — to the Giants for Beckham and pass-rusher Oliver Vernon. The next trade featuring Beckham likely won’t involve as many moving pieces.
Green Bay would be taking a risk in trading for Beckham, but they’re a team needing to capitalize on those opportunities. Rodgers won’t play forever, and his only reliable weapon entering the 2021 season is star receiver Davante Adams.
Beckham and Davante Adams would be a thrilling duo
Aaron Rodgers hasn’t had a fearsome 1-2 receiving duo since Jordy Nelson lined up in the same offense as a young Davante Adams.
Nelson has since retired, and Adams is now among the league’s top offensive weapons. Adding Odell Beckham Jr. to the Packers’ lineup would give him two elite receiving threats.
While he is an explosive wideout, Marquez Valdes-Scantling has battled inconsistency since entering the NFL. Tight end Robert Tonyan broke out last season for 52 catches, 586 yards, and 11 touchdowns.
However, Tonyan is a restricted free agent who will have to prove that he isn’t a one-year wonder.
Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t a one-year wonder, and he’s certainly worth the risk. The Packers need to win now, and Beckham could be the missing piece for a Packers team that has come so close to making the Super Bowl in recent years.