The Green Bay Packers need to add another wide receiver to their roster this offseason to erase any questions about their depth at the position.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell predicted this week that Green Bay will indeed sign another wide receiver this offseason, but it’s not a signing that will provide immediate help for the Packers.

Barnwell has Green Bay signing former Pro-Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

OBJ most recently played for the Los Angeles Rams, but he tore his ACL in Super Bowl LVI. It’s unclear when he will return to the field, but it likely won’t be until November or December at the earliest.

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Nov 28, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) poses for a photo with a fan during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

From ESPN:

If any organization can afford to be patient, it’s the Packers, given that Green Bay is the prohibitive favorite to win its fourth straight NFC North title. Nobody can afford to sleepwalk through the regular season, but the Packers have a clearer path to the postseason than most, and it’s easier for them to justify adding Beckham now, even while knowing that they may not get much out of him until Halloween.

If Beckham can be the guy we saw for the Rams during this past postseason by the time we get to the playoffs, that would be worth what the Packers are likely to pay. Green Bay is currently set to earn a fifth-round compensatory pick for losing receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling to the Chiefs, and it would now be able to sign Beckham without jeopardizing that selection.

I would like this move a lot of the Packers, even though it doesn’t immediately help Green Bay.

OBJ, who turns 30 in November, is still a dynamic wide receiver who can make an impact on a game. If he fully recovers from his torn ACL, he could provide a lot of value for the Packers late in the season (just like he did for the Rams last year after he was released by the Cleveland Browns late in the season).

Beckham has never played with a quarterback as skilled as Aaron Rodgers (sorry Eli Manning). If this scenario plays out as Barnwell predicts, we could see OBJ playing at Pro-Bowl level once again.

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