The Green Bay Packers have been rumored to be one of the teams who could express interest Odell Beckham Jr. in the event that the Cleveland Browns are willing to part ways with him. What could be the best trade package that the Packers could for Beckham this offseason?
When the Browns acquired Beckham via trade, everyone assumed he would seamlessly fit in Cleveland. Contrary to belief, he’s having a tough time getting acclimated in Cleveland’s offense.
Through the first 15 weeks, the gifted wide receiver has hauled in 67 receptions for 910 yards and two touchdowns. Beckham is projected to finish the season with his lowest receptions, yards, and touchdowns since the 2017 season; the year that he missed 12 games due to an injury.
With his numbers dropping, rumors began to whirl around the idea Beckham could be on his way out of Cleveland after one year with the franchise. Recently, Beckham refuted the reports and shared his belief that he would be back with the Browns in 2020.
Despite the receiver wanting to remain with the Browns, Cleveland could receive an offer that they can’t refuse. There’s no doubt that the Packers can assemble a trade offer that could land the talented wideout.
Over the course of the season, it is evident that Green Bay needs another wide receiver alongside Davante Adams. Besides Adams, the Packers have trotted out a mixture of Marques Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison, Jake Kumerow, and Allen Lazard.
All of those guys have shown glimpses of possibly being a true No. 2 wide receiver in the NFL. However, none of them have been consistent enough for the Packers to be comfortable with the current state of their wide receiver position.
Many believed that Green Bay was going to target Emmanuel Sanders or another wide receiver before this year’s trade deadline. Next offseason, the Packers have a chance to scour the trade market for a pass-catcher once again.
To acquire Beckham from the Browns, Green Bay could offer Lane Taylor and their 2020 first-round pick. Taylor could bolster a Cleveland offensive line in dire need of some help.
Before landing on injured reserve in 2019, Taylor started in 45 games from 2016-2018. In addition, the Browns would have Taylor under contract through the 2020 season; giving them a chance to possibly find a long-term solution at guard.
Besides the veteran guard, the Packers could surrender their first-round selection in next year’s draft. Due to having an 11-3 record, Green Bay is currently projected to own the 27th overall pick.
Regardless of where they are drafting, it is likely that the Packers are contemplating taking a wide receiver in the first round. Why not address the position of need by adding one of the best players at the position instead of taking a chance in the draft?
Of course, the Packers would have to consume the final four years and $56 million of Beckham’s current contract. But it would absolutely be worth taking on the money to form a dynamic receiving duo of Adams and Beckham.