ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler thinks one of the Cincinnati Bengals‘ biggest rivals could be the best fit for free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Fowler thinks the Baltimore Ravens, despite not being a pass first team, could be a good fit for OBJ.
Beckham is best suited as a complementary piece instead of a savior. Teams truly don’t know what he can do yet, though I’m betting on a supreme athlete such as Beckham to overcome knee issues. It’s funny, many of the teams implicated for Beckham either have a losing record or already added a key piece (like the Chiefs by trading for Kadarius Toney). The Rams can’t look at their current state and say, ‘We’re one Odell Beckham away.’ And Beckham can’t look at the Packers and say the same thing. The Bills remain a solid fit, but they are big on chemistry and might not want to disrupt what’s working well for them right now. Here’s one: the Ravens. This isn’t a receiver-friendly offense, but with Rashod Bateman out, Beckham might vibe with a Lamar Jackson connection.
Cincinnati has also been mentioned as a potential destination for Beckham. But with Ja’Marr Chase set to return from injury around the same that OBJ is expected to return to action (he’s returning from a torn ACL), it doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Bengals to sign Beckham to a multi-year deal (which is what OBJ wants).
The Ravens are the biggest competition in the AFC North. Cincinnati is currently one game behind Baltimore in the division.
I don’t know that OBJ would put the Ravens “over the top”, but it’s certainly a move that would make Baltimore better. The Bengals are likely hoping the three-time Pro-Bowler signs elsewhere.
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