Odell Beckham Jr. news likely takes Buccaneers out of conversation
By Rob Leeds
While it was a fun idea to think about Odell Beckham Jr. playing with the Buccaneers, his desires don’t seem to line up with Tampa’s.
The Buccaneers reached the peak of the NFL by playing the game like Madden. Free agents became a focal point for a team that was always looking for more talent. This same process was present for the team during the offseason.
Tampa did everything in its power to go after every attainable big name that was on the market. Guys like Russell Gage and Akiem Hicks were touted as steals in free agency. These two haven’t exactly reached their potential in pewter and red just yet, but that doesn’t mean that the signings weren’t the right thing in the moment.
That same type of thinking was why people connected the Buccaneers and Odell Beckham Jr.
OBJ is an improvement for the Buccaneers at the wide receiver position. Whether you want to say he is the third, fourth, or fifth-best receiver on the roster when healthy, going after names like this is how a team like the Bucs stays stacked for the post season and tries to offset injuries.
Unfortunately, while Beckham would fit in Tampa’s offense (when they actually try to throw the ball,) his desires don’t fit with the future in Tampa.
OBJ isn’t going to get a multi-year deal with the Buccaneers. As nice as it would be to pair him with Tom Brady for one final season, OBJ just doesn’t fit in the future with a Bucs team that has already given Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Russell Gage deals for the future.
It would be nice, but it is probably time to close the door on this idea if OBJ really does want the security of that deal into the future.
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