The next step in the Odell Beckham Jr. saga will unfold on Tuesday afternoon when the wide receiver passes through NFL waivers. Teams will have until 4 p.m. ET to submit a claim for the recently-released Beckham and the $7.25 million remaining on his 2021 salary.
There is certainly interest in Beckham’s services, but it’s unclear if he will be claimed. That said, it seems like the Seahawks could be among the teams considering adding him by using a waiver claim.
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Pete Carroll was asked if Seattle would consider claiming Beckham during a Monday press conference. He wouldn’t rule out the possibility.
“You’ll have to wait and see how this all goes,” Carroll told reporters. “As you would think, we’ve been aware of what’s going on and we’ve been involved to understand it to compete and to know what’s happening. We’ll let you know as it all happens. We’ve gotta wait.
“So I didn’t say yes, or I didn’t say no. That’s just ’cause — you’ll see.”
That sure sounds like someone who is interested in claiming Beckham off waivers. So, don’t be surprised if the Seahawks do that.
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The fit makes sense. The Seahawks have over $13 million in cap space remaining for the 2021 NFL season and are looking to get back in the NFC Wild Card race. They’re currently sitting at 3-5 but are expected to get Russell Wilson back from a finger injury in Week 10.
Wilson should help them fight for a Wild Card spot and Beckham could fill a need that the Seahawks have been looking to fill for a couple of years.
Seattle has two great wide receivers in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, but they haven’t found a good No. 3 option for their offense yet. The team tried to fill that void by claiming Josh Gordon of waivers from the Patriots midway through the 2019 season. Gordon was brought back in 2020 but was unable to play after another NFL suspension.
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The Seahawks spent their first selection in the 2021 NFL Draft on wide-out D’Wayne Eskridge in hopes that he could add another level to the Seattle offense. Eskridge has played in just one game and had three touches for 28 yards before suffering a concussion and landing on IR.
Eskridge could still turn into a quality receiver, but if the Seahawks want a proven receiver to fit into the rotation, Beckham may be an ideal fit. He is averaging just 2.8 catches for 38.7 yards so far this season, but if he can develop chemistry with Wilson, he could become a big-time weapon for Seattle.
Metcalf and Lockett would take some attention away from Beckham, too. That would allow Beckham to get open and use the athleticism that allowed him to average 13.9 yards per catch during his three years in Cleveland to make some big plays.
So, Seattle looks like a good landing spot for Beckham. Will they put in a claim for him? As Carroll mentioned, we’ll see soon enough.