Tuesday, December 20, 2022

HR manager and agent warn: Odell could be a bust on bills

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The appeal of adding free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Buffalo Bills’ already strong offense is obvious. Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs ranked the Bills third in the league in passing yards per game and fifth in yards per passing attempt. But imagine adding a star at the level of OBJ across from Diggs. Otherwise, the duo would instantly be among the best in the NFL the best – if Beckham is healthy.

The thing is, that could be a massive “if.” While most talk about Beckham focuses on which competitor the signing will strengthen and assumes he’ll play at a high level going into the playoffs, that’s no sure thing. In fact, two league sources told Heavy NFL insider Matt Lombardo that they think OBJ could be a bust at this point in his career.

That’s certainly a concern as Beckham prepares to visit and likely pick from the three, the Bills, Giants and Cowboys. But someone is about to pay a 30-year-old boy who’s torn his cruciate ligament a lot of money, and he might end up regretting it.

Beckham has 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons, but the three-time Pro Bowler has only 856 yards and 67 catches for 8 touchdowns in his last 21 games. This isn’t bad by any means, but it’s not a superstar-level production either.

An AFC human resources manager, who told Lombardo his prediction is that OBJ will end up in Dallas, said it’s impossible to know how much Beckham could even contribute this year until he’s actually on the field.

However, he doesn’t expect to set the world on fire once he’s back.

“If I had to guess he could be number 3 and play a game or two this season but wouldn’t think he can become a real contact in 2022,” the manager told Lombardo. “For 2023… he might end up playing off more reputation than substance. So I’d say he can be a #2 receiver, but he’ll never be a #1 guy again.

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