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NFL: The Most Likely Landing Spots if Odell Beckham Gets Traded

Odell Beckham is one of the best players in the NFL. When the discussion turns to the best wide receivers in football, he’s always in the conversation.

There are also rumors that his team, the New York Giants, may trade him at some point in the future. The very thought of such a mega-talented player being available has fans across the league wondering where he’ll end up. Here are the most likely landing spots if Odell Beckham gets traded away from New York.

New England Patriots

Beckham being traded to the Patriots may seem outrageous at face value. Would the Giants be willing to send a top tier receiver, currently in his prime, to the league’s top franchise? And would the Patriots, always hoarding draft picks, be willing to give up the requisite value in return?

The scenario seems unlikely until you remember that one like it has happened before. In 2007, the Oakland Raiders traded Randy Moss to the Patriots, and he had an incredibly productive season in New England’s potent offense.

All the Patriots had to surrender for Moss was a fourth-round pick. The major difference between Beckham’s situation and Moss is that the compensation would likely be much higher this time. There’s no doubt that if the Giants made Beckham available, Bill Belichick would be one of the first in line to explore the possibility of acquiring the talented receiver.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are moving on from receiver Antonio Brown. Star running back Le’Veon Bell is all but assured to depart in free agency. Pittsburgh is an elite franchise in need of more star power on offense.

The Steelers don’t typically make splashy trades or free agent signings, but that could change in this case. By acquiring Odell Beckham, the team can start filling the gaps left by both Bell and Brown on the offensive side of the ball.

Cleveland Browns

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One year ago, any high profile player would have mocked the idea of playing for the Cleveland Browns. They were the laughing stock of the league.

With a new coaching staff and a young, talented quarterback in place, all that has changed. Quarterback Baker Mayfield showed flashes of greatness last season as the Browns improved to 7-8-1. There’s hope in Cleveland.

The $77 million in salary cap space and a young, talented QB to pair with Beckham could be just enough to put a rising team over the hump.

San Francisco 49ers

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With offensive mastermind Kyle Shanahan at the helm and Jimmy Garoppolo under center, the 49ers were expected to turn it around last year. They didn’t, finishing 4-12. Garoppolo’s devastating injury submarined any chances they may have had at success in 2018, but many around the league are curious to see how they’ll fare under a full season with a healthy QB.

Shanahan’s high-octane offensive attack would greatly benefit from a wide receiver of Beckham’s caliber. It would also likely be an attractive destination for Beckham himself. Shanahan-led offenses have finished in the top-10 in passing yardage in three of the last four seasons.

The Niners will want to give their young QB the best possible chance to succeed. There’s no better way to do that than to acquire a proven deep threat like Odell Beckham.

Oakland Raiders

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All the pieces are in place for Oakland to make sense as a landing spot for Odell Beckham.

  • Coach Jon Gruden is viewed as an offensive guru who’s always looking for playmakers.
  • They’re moving to a new city and stadium in Las Vegas in 2020 and will want a player with maximum star power to attract interest, sell tickets, and increase their offensive production.
  • There has been some internal strife amid the team’s difficult season last year, particularly between Gruden and QB Derek Carr. Nothing makes a quarterback — and head coach — happier than having a new weapon on offense.