Odell Beckham Jr. and the Patriots are another pair that have been linked for quite a few years now, with OBJ expressing his interest in playing for New England, particularly when Tom Brady still suited up in the red, silver, and blue.
Now that he is looking to return to the NFL after recovering from an ACL tear, NFL insider Tom Pelissero reported the receiver will be hosting a workout on Friday for all teams that may be interested in signing him.
With so many receiver-needy teams around the league, several will likely be in attendance. And according to Doug Kyed of A to Z Sports, the Patriots will be one of them.
Because Beckham almost became a Patriot in 2021, when Bill Belichick called him in hopes of convincing him to come to New England, this could be Bill Belichick’s chance to finally sign a clear WR1 and a player he’s had his eye on.
The main issue that may deter them from doing that, though, is the length of time that Beckham has been out of action. He played for both the Browns and Rams that season, totaling 44 receptions for 537 yards and five touchdowns, but hasn’t played in a game since the first quarter of the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI victory last February.
Although that was a down year for him overall, knowing his history of unprecedented success throughout his career makes it difficult for the Patriots to bypass the opportunity to finally bring him to Foxboro.
Now that Bill O’Brien is back as the offensive coordinator, becoming a Patriot may be more appealing than last season. Of course, Beckham’s respect and admiration for Belichick is no secret, but will he genuinely consider finally joining the team that has pursued him for a few years?
He would instantly become the guy on the offense and improve the Patriots’ chances to actually score in the red zone. But now it’s all up to him to have an impressive workout first and then decide which team he feels suits him best. And to some degree, it would be nice if that were the Patriots.