With the news of Odell’s release from the Browns, many people, including ESPN, are speculating as to where he will go. Here is where they think the top three most likely places he could land are: Las Vegas Raiders, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks.
Personally I think none of the above. He has a track history of drama and he has been mediocre since he left the Giants. He might need to consider retirement because he simply is not catching balls he should be catching and that’s usually when guys that used to be good know when they should retire.
The only reason he hadn’t been released yet is because of money. The Browns still owe him $8,050,000 which would be cleared from them if he got picked up from the Wire but with an $8,000,000 price tag on his head with his production that’s not going to happen. That means it will fall back on Cleveland so they will have to pay him that and maybe once that is paid another team picks him up and he double dips for this season with a new contract.
This is also why he wasn’t traded by the deadline. Nobody was going to give the Browns anything for Odell even if the Browns continued to pay his $8,000,000 contract. He simply has not been the same player since he left the Giants and his drops every year have slowly gotten worse and worse.
The Broncos essentially traded $9,000,000 for a second and third round pick. Good deal for Denver getting picks, good deal for Rams getting a still productive Von Miller. It doesn’t work like that with Odell since he is nowhere near as valuable as someone like Von who still quietly puts up good numbers for his price.
Raiders: greatest need because they of course lost Henry Ruggs III in the horrible car accident this week. They are a good style fit as Carr is not afraid to throw all over the yard and the offense is much more dependent on passing than say the Browns were. This organization has been filled with drama this year and I don’t think adding a player like Odell helps make that better.
Saints: With Michael Thomas out indefinitely, whoever ends up as the QB for the Saints will need a weapon in a big way. I think that OBJ would go here because he can instantly be a starter and go to a team that has a chance at a playoff run. The Saints are not only good this year, but with Thomas not returning until next season, the Saints could go from bad to good in terms of WR core. My only worry is the cap room.
Seahawks: I think that of the teams on this list, WR is the last thing Seattle needs to address, they already have Lockett and Metcalf. I think he helps, but I do not see OBJ going to a team with a losing record who could potentially lose Wilson in the offseason. They do have the cap space.
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