Why Odell Beckham Jr. to the Green Bay Packers makes perfect sense
While most of this NFL offseason’s trade buzz has centered around Antonio Brown, rumors about a potential Odell Beckham Jr. trade have quietly started to pop up again.
Beckham was shopped heavily last year but ultimately agreed on a mega-extension with the New York Giants last August just before the start of the season. That extension killed trade talks, but after Beckham caused the team a lot of headaches yet again with his antics during the 2018 season, they’re apparently open to the idea of trading him again.
One team that needs to make a splash and would be a perfect fit for Beckham is the Green Bay Packers. The Packers’ old front office led by Ted Thompson never liked to make any bold acquisitions, but with Thompson out of the way, the team should be much more open to this type of deal. They went bold with their hiring of Matt LaFleur to be their new head coach, and they should continue to think outside of the box here.
Aaron Rodgers had one of the worst seasons of his career in 2018, in part because of inconsistent play from his receivers. He was forced to deal with a lot of new young receivers, and pairing him with Beckham would form one of the most dynamic quarterback/wide receiver duos in NFL history. Green Bay already has a top wideout in Davante Adams, and adding Beckham would give them by far the best receiving corp in the league.
It would give the Packers a level of excitement they were sorely lacking during the last couple years of Mike McCarthy’s tenure and put them back among the league’s top franchises where they belong.
New front office head Mark Murphy has shown a willingness to make deals and acquired an extra first round pick in a draft day trade with the New Orleans Saints last year. They currently own the 12th, and 30th picks in this April’s draft, and have more than enough ammo to pursue a trade for Beckham. Beckham is still just 26, and Murphy should do everything in his power to bring him on board.