Odell Beckham Jr. Favored to Join the Raiders, Ravens or Saints

The NFL trade deadline passed earlier this week and a lot of fans expected to see the Cleveland Browns move on from wideout Odell Beckham Jr. After all, things haven’t been working out as well as the two sides have hoped. However, the Browns ended up holding Beckham, leading to the multi-time Pro-Bowler being “excused” from multiple practices.

It is now being reported that the Browns are waiving Beckham, allowing him to join another team from the remainder of the 2021 NFL season.

Fortunately, Bovada has released odds on where Odell Beckham Jr. just may end up. As things stand, the Las Vegas Raiders are the favorite at +200 odds.

The Raiders are having a surprisingly successful season. At 5-2, they currently sit first in the AFC West. However, Las Vegas was dealt a blow when wide receiver Henry Ruggs caused a fatal car crash when he decided to drink and drive earlier this week. With his NFL career potentially over, the Raiders need someone to take his spot in the wide receiver rotation.

Beckham would likely be the best replacement that Las Vegas could bring in. He hasn’t been the player he once was as of late, however, it was only two seasons ago that he hit 1,000 receiving yards for the fifth time in his career. Playing for the Raiders would give OBJ a fresh start and maybe that’s what he needs to get back on track. Las Vegas is averaging 307.9 passing yards per game (2nd) in 2021, so there’s a ton of work to go around.

If things end up working out, the Raiders could make some noise with Odell Beckham Jr. in the AFC throughout the rest of the year.

Odell Beckham Jr. Destination Odds

Odds via Bovada as of Friday, November 5

  • Las Vegas Raiders (+200)
  • Baltimore Ravens (+275)
  • New Orleans Saints (+300)
  • Buffalo Bills (+400)
  • New England Patriots (+450)
  • Indianapolis Colts (+700)
  • Tennessee Titans (+700)
  • Los Angeles Rams (+700)
  • Green Bay Packers (+700)
  • Minnesota Vikings (+1000)

The complete odds list is available at Bovada.lv.

Could the Ravens Add OBJ?

At +275 odds, the Baltimore Ravens have the second-best odds of acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. After being the worst passing team in the league last season, the Ravens are averaging 268.1 passing yards per game (9th) in 2021. Despite this improved offense, none of the team’s wideouts has stood out aside from Marquise Brown.

Rookie WR Rashod Bateman looks promising, however, he’s only played two games. Meanwhile, Sammy Watkins (hamstring) hasn’t played since Week 5 and even though he’s back at practice, there’s no guarantee when he’ll play again.

Odell Beckham Jr. currently has 17 receptions for 232 yards on the season. While that isn’t too impressive compared to past years, those statistics would both rank third among Baltimore’s present wideouts. The fact is that Beckham has a playmaking ability that’s been lacking in the Ravens’ wideout core aside from Brown. Assuming he can foster chemistry with Lamar Jackson, he could be the missing ingredient that Baltimore has been looking for.

Odell Beckham Jr. Odds: Saints Sit Third

The New Orleans Saints are sitting third in the Odell Beckham Jr. sweepstakes, listed at +300 odds. The truth is that New Orleans hasn’t had good luck when it’s come to its wide receivers this season. For starters, no Saints wideout has hit 300 receiving yards yet this season. In fact, Marquez Callaway (284) and Deonte Harris (271) are the only two at the position to crack 100 yards yet.

To make matters worse, it was announced earlier this week that Michael Thomas would be out for the season after suffering a setback while recovering from ankle surgery.

Even with their bad wide receiver luck, the Saints are 5-2 and currently sit a game behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for first in the NFC South. Things will be tougher now that Jameis Winston tore his ACL, but bringing in Beckham would certainly help. He’s the pass-catching veteran presence that they’ve been missing and could teach the younger guys a thing or two. If any head coach can help him bounce back, it’s Sean Payton, so it isn’t hard to see how the situation would benefit both sides.

Devon Platana
Devon Platana

After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.