Odell Beckham Jr. cleared waivers on Tuesday and is now free to sign with any NFL team that wants him. It’s just a matter of where the former Browns receiver might fit in best.
There are several potential contenders that could serve as quality landing spots for Beckham. But which ones are the best of the bunch? Former NFL receiver Randy Moss likes two more than others: the Patriots and the Raiders.
Moss explained his thought process on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown”. He thinks the Patriots are appealing because they have a strong locker room led by an established, veteran coaching staff.
“You talked about this is [Beckham’s] last chance. I remember them talking about me, going into my 10th year, this is my last chance,” Moss said. “That’s the reason why I’m talking about the New England Patriots. They have a young stud in Mac Jones. Josh McDaniels, Bill Belichick, and being able to keep his mind right.”
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As for the Raiders, Moss thinks they might be an even better fit. Why? Because Derek Carr needs some outside weapons and deep threats in the wake of Henry Ruggs III’s fatal car crash and subsequent release.
“That’s why I say the Las Vegas Raiders,” Moss explained. “He can still be effective in all three levels in the passing game with [DeSean Jackson] going deep.”
One thing that Moss would try to avoid is adding Beckham to a receiver room that already has an established top receiver in its pecking order.
“When you look at a guy like OBJ and everything as far as his accolades and his fame, you know, you can’t really send him to a locker room that already has a No. 1 dominant wide receiver,” Moss said. “There’s not enough pieces of the pie to go around.”
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That’s part of the reason Moss thinks Beckham should avoid signing with the Packers, as they already have Davante Adams. It’s also part of why Las Vegas and New England seem like good fits.
The Raiders and Patriots both lack true No. 1 wide receivers. The Raiders’ top receiver this year is Hunter Renfrow, who has posted 45 catches for 448 yards and three TDs but is limited to playing the slot because of his slight 5-10, 185-pound frame.
Meanwhile, the Patriots’ top receiver is Jakobi Meyers. He has posted 46 receptions and 434 receiving yards but has yet to catch a touchdown pass in 38 career games. He set a dubious NFL record in New England’s win against the Panthers, so pairing a top-tier receiver with him could make sense.
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Both of these teams are expected to show an interest in Beckham, but will he sign with either? We’ll see soon enough, as a decision about Beckham’s new team could come as early as Wednesday.