The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were named by ESPN as a good landing spot for perhaps the best free-agent player still available.

ESPN feels like Tampa Bay would be a good spot for three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

From ESPN:

Why he fits: You can see Beckham as a target for quarterback Tom Brady in the Tampa offense, right? The speed outs, crossers, high-low concepts, deep comebacks. Don’t forget the boundary fade balls.

While we know Mike Evans is the No. 1 target for Brady, the Bucs have been banged up at wide receiver this season, including Chris Godwin, who tore his ACL last December, slowly making his way back. Plus, they’re not getting much from tight ends, which means they need help over the middle of the field. — Bowen

Why the Bucs make sense: The Bucs are a threat for any veteran playmaker as long as Brady is still playing. They gave Julio Jones $6 million in guarantees this offseason despite boasting impressive receiver depth — of which early-season injuries are proving there’s never enough. Godwin, Jones and Russell Gage have been fixtures on the injury report, while Evans missed Week 3 via suspension.

Brady long has expressed an affinity for Beckham’s game. The Bucs have $5.2 million in cap space, and if they need more, restructuring left tackle Donovan Smith‘s $18.4 million cap number could be an option.

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Sep 8, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; American football player Odell Beckham Jr before the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

At this point in his career, OBJ wants to win championships and play with great quarterbacks (those two things pretty much go together).

And that’s why the Buccaneers make a lot of sense.

Tampa Bay has a need with their banged-up wide receiver group. That group will probably get even more banged up as the season progresses, so the Bucs would be wise to try to work out a deal with OBJ so they’ll have him for the stretch run of the season.

Beckham is still recovering from the torn ACL he suffered in Super Bowl LVI, but he should be good to go by late next month.

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