Raiders News: LV 4-1 chance to land Odell Beckham Jr.
Over the past few days, rumors have circulated about the Las Vegas Raiders adding a veteran wide receiver to the roster. With Henry Ruggs III no longer on the squad, the Raiders could use an away playmaker.
So far, the only trade the team has made in this position is the promotion of undrafted free agent Dillon Stoner to the active roster. Stoner joins Hunter Renfrow, Bryan Edwards and Zay Jones as the only spreaders on the active roster. Jones is expected to play a bigger role in the future, but he’s far from a proven commodity, so the Silver and Black have been linked with a few veterans, Odell Beckham Jr. and DeSean Jackson.
Beckham has spent the last three seasons with the Cleveland Browns after starting his career in New York with the Giants. His time in Cleveland started off well with a campaign of 74 catches, 1,035 yards and four touchdowns in 2019, but everything has been downhill since then.
In 2020, the Broad suffered an ACL tear around mid-year and questions have arisen about his team’s effectiveness with quarterback Baker Mayfield. Those questions have spread this year as Beckham has just 17 catches for 232 yards and no touchdowns in six games.
The dysfunction between receiver and quarterback became undeniable when Beckham’s father posted a video of his open but untargeted son on Tuesday, blaming the Mayfield duo’s lack of production. The Browns excused Beckham from training Wednesday and Thursday while discussing his future with his agent.
So, it looks like OBJ’s days with the Browns are numbered, raising questions and speculation about where he’ll end up next.
Maxime bet recently posted odds on which team will take the star receiver, putting the Raiders at +400 to land him. Las Vegas, however, occupies third place on the list, behind the New Orleans Saints (+300) and the Baltimore Ravens (+350).
The Saints and Ravens are also potential playoff teams who could use an away playmaker as well, like the Raiders. Beckham is from New Orleans and went to LSU for college, so there’s a personal connection there, but the Saints just lost starting quarterback Jameis Winston for the season and will likely be with some backups for the rest of the way. So if he’s chasing a ring, Las Vegas or Baltimore would be a better option.
ESPN Jordan schultz tweeted the other day that the Raiders and Saints are interested in Beckham, but it’s unclear if the Ravens are. In other words, there is a good chance that OBJ will be wearing silver and black in the near future.
Sources: #Saints and #Raiders have shown interest in Odell Beckham, Jr., who has currently cut contact with HC Kevin Stefanski. The #Brown could still release him, then allowing him to sign elsewhere. Even after his excused missed practice, I was told that OBJ was planning to play on Sunday.
– Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) November 3, 2021
Only time will tell if Beckham does indeed become a Raider, and the first step is for the Browns to release him. Meanwhile, the aforementioned Jackson is available if Mike Mayock and his company can’t wait for Cleveland to move, there is at least one other option available.
In the links of other Raiders:
- Mark Davis says Raiders won’t give up on Ruggs: “It’s devastating,” said Davis, choking back tears in his first public comments since the tragedy. “Obviously a loss of life… it’s just a tragedy… We released Henry Ruggs the football player. Henry Ruggs is still a human being and a Raider alumnus and someone we want help. We will be there for him ”, via Las Vegas Review.
- Crosby, Hayward, Hobbs & Cole named 1st All-Pros team by PFF: the site released their mid-season All-Pro teams and Carr made the second team
- Raiders / Giants overview: plug into our Podcast Behind Enemy Lines to get down on the head of the G-men game.
- Stoner to the list of 53 players: the Raiders activated the practice team’s undrafted free receiver.