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Should NY Jets honor Aaron Rodgers’ request for Odell Beckham Jr.?

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Odell Beckham Jr., New York Jets, Getty Images

Aaron Rodgers wants OBJ, but should the New York Jets want him?

Aaron Rodgers seems to want Odell Beckham Jr. with him on the New York Jets next season.

Gang Green’s presumptive new quarterback has reportedly provided the team with a “free agency wish list” of sorts, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini. The 30-year-old receiver is among the names.

Other names on the list include a few ex-Packers in Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and Marcedes Lewis, but Beckham is far-and-away the biggest (and most talented) name included.

Just because Rodgers wants Beckham, though, doesn’t mean it’s bound to happen. Should the Jets go for it?

Signing the former Giant, Brown and Ram would certainly break from the mold of Joe Douglas’s previous roster additions, most of whom can be characterized as high-quality, good-for-the-culture, locker room guys.

Beckham is… not that.

The polarizing receiver has appeared in countless headlines over his career — not all of them positive. From the plane incident this past January, to his 2016 debacle with the sideline kicking net. From the “money daps” after LSU’s 2019 National Championship, to his father calling out Baker Mayfield for purposely not throwing to his son. The point is, where OBJ goes, headlines tend to follow. There’s also his history of recurring injuries.

Here’s the thing, though: Beckham is a super talented football player. And the last time we saw him in NFL action, he recorded 21 catches for 288 yards and two touchdowns across the Rams’ four-game playoff run. Judging by the videos and reports from his recent workout with NFL teams (including the Jets) in attendance, it seems like he’s recovered nicely from his ACL tear.

It’s worth noting that the Packers were interested in Beckham back in 2021 before he ultimately signed with the Rams. Now, Rodgers has another chance at playing with him.

Beckham has already proven he’s built for the bright lights of New York City, having skyrocketed to stardom during his rookie season for the Giants. It goes without saying that fans of the Jets’ crosstown rivals wouldn’t be too happy seeing their former superstar dawning the green and white. That alone would presumably make Jets fans happy.

The Giants themselves are also interested in (re)acquiring Beckham’s talents for the 2023 season. Other teams connected to him include the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams and others.

The question of whether to sign Beckham comes down to how “all-in” of a season this is for the Jets. Recent reports suggest the team is well aware that landing Rodgers means they’re pushing all their chips in, so pairing him with a free agent like Beckham could be the move that makes all the difference.

The off-the-field issues would personally scare me away, but if Beckham is truly a major key in landing Rodgers, you have to do it. With the uncertainty surrounding Beckham’s preferences, it seems more likely that the other players on Rodgers’ list were more “requirements” for his approval of a trade to the Jets, while Beckham was more of an “if you can get him” inclusion.

As we’ve already come to learn, though, you really never know with Rodgers.

Ian Roddy is on Twitter @IanRoddy_

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Mike Palazzo
Mike Palazzo
1 year ago

I don’t think this one happens but I do believe the Jets can get Lewis if they include Uzomah in the trade to Green Bay. Davis and Mims might be included in the trade as well. Signing Cobb as WR4 would be an upgrade. So Lazard, Lewis and Cobb but no OBJ. 3 out of 4 ain’t bad.

Peter Buell
1 year ago

Last thing the Jets need is OBJ. I can’t imagine it would cost too much in assets to acquire Devonte Adams.
The Raiders are rebuilding and why keep a player who is making $28m for the next four when the rest of the team is far from ready to win.
Adams just made a statement that came across (strongly) that he isn’t happy with the moves recently made….Carr seemed to be the focus of his displeasure, maybe expecting AR…I’ll switch right now.
This would be a difficult trade to pull over given Devonte going into year 2 of a 5/$140 deal.
His cap hits are approx $15m this year, $25, $44, $44….
The first two years aren’t bad but wondering if the Raiders would pick up part of the contract…especiallyif they’re dealing with an unhappy camper.
Vegas gave up a 1st and 2nd round pick to get him….pix were at the lower end.
Football trades and contracts themselves are like college calculus so making it simple if the Raiders picked up 1/3 of the money/cap hit, I’d give them back thier 1st and 2nd rounders if they take them in 2024.
A Jets cap hit over the 4 years of $10, $17, $14.5, $14.5 would be a big win to get the superstar.

Jonathan Richter
1 year ago

I’d pass own OBJ for the reasons you stated. In addition to the Jets, I’m a Brooklyn (nee NJ) Nets. Sean Marks built up a nice team from nothing. All really good guys, team first, high character guys like Caris Levert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris,and Jarrett Allen. Then the opportunity to sign KD and Kyrie came about. I was against it as I felt it would ruin our chemistry and make it the Kevin and Kyrie show instead of the Brooklyn Nets. KD then pushed Sean Marks to trade for James Harden, which cost them both Levert and Allen, and they had to trade Spence for the cap space. Turned out, I was right. Sean Marks has now rectified that problem by trading KD and Kyrie in exchange for 4 solid, high character, team first guys, plus a bunch of draft picks. I speak for many if not most Nets fans when I say we’re much happier now now that the diva drama queen stuff is gone.

I fear the Jets are making the same mistake. ARod brings tons of drama and especially if we sign OBJ we’re really ruining what is currently a great locker room. I hope I’m wrong.

Last edited 1 year ago by Jonathan Richter
Peter Buell
1 year ago

nearly a month now I’ve been saying this is the year you push it all in..Has nothing to do with Rodgers or OBJ.
It has to do with when the last two draft classes get paid and what the team will look like when that time comes.
So yes! all in for this year and if able I want to start by using 2024/5 draft pix.
1. obviously AR
2. Trade #1 with Texas as #12..for 2024 1st and 3rd and 2025 2nd and 6th (according to chart with us at 27..with bonus for future pix)
3. Trade 2 trade pick #13 for 16 and throw in Moore for a 2nd rounder (hopeful)
4. Trade 3 winging comp on this trade for Devonta Adams for 2024 2nd and 2025 3rd.
5. Sign Lazard $8m per
6. Cut Lawson and Whitehead..JJ Clemmons and Huff become the main guys.
7. Draft assuming Rodgers cost is our 2nd rounder

#12 Pete Skorinski T/G Northwestern
#16 Broderick Jones T/G GA
#47 Michael Schmidtz C Minny
#74 Jordon Battle S Bama
#112 Zack Pickens ILB
#145 Henry T’oo T’oo OLB Bama
#185 Minny punter

Finally if we can squeeze it in safety Poyer formerly of Buffalo.

Harlan Lachman
Harlan Lachman
1 year ago

I am assuming signing Rodgers is a done deal. Any team would have to be brain dead to ignore all the potential QB alternatives (who have been well evaluated on this website) not to mention all the other positions especially Free Safety and OL. Signing Lazzard should be enough to appease Rodgers.

For me, it will be be the cost of draft picks and potential cap hell of Rodgers joining the Jets. I was not rooting for this outcome. Yuck.

Peter Buell
1 year ago
Reply to  Harlan Lachman

wanted Carr myself…we wouldn’t be sitting on our hands