The Move for OBJ


Photo Credit: OBJ’s Instagram

David Shaw, OwlFeed Sports Reporter

Odell Beckham Jr. (OBJ) has been a free agent since the end of the 2021-2022 season. He has been flying around the world watching several NFL teams play, trying to see what team he might fit in best with. Talking about his NFL background makes everyone who respects OBJ want to know what is going on. Looking at the web, there are a few teams that want him, including the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, and the San Francisco 49ers. As OBJ is spending time with his family waiting for that call, he has been living the best life he can. Going back to OBJ’s background, he was the 12th pick in the 2014 draft. As he worked hard for the starting spot, he started becoming the best rookie wide receiver in NFL history. He won “Offensive Rookie of the year” and finished the year off with 91 reception yards, 1,305 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns in 12 games. He set a franchise record for the most receptions as a rookie in seven games. Odell is known for his one-handed catch, which is one of the best catches in NFL history. As Odell was being talked about all across the web, he still had something to prove to people and became the youngest player to be a pro bowler and the youngest to be on the Madden cover.

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In 2017, OBJ got hurt and only played 4 games that season. Despite his injury, the Giants started getting distant and decided to trade him away to the Cleveland Browns in 2019. As a new Brown, he started off great, then it went downhill from there: he tore his ACL which ended his season. In 2020, he was a free agent waiting to be picked up. There were a lot of teams interested in taking him, including the Los Angeles Rams, the Green Bay Packers, and the New England Patriots. Four days later, he made his debut for the Los Angeles Rams. As his team kept working hard, they made it to the Super Bowl and earned themselves a ring. The general manager for the Dallas Cowboys said, “In a business that has a lot of psychology to it, I think that’s the case. I don’t think it’s necessary for us to have success with this team and in the playoffs, but it would be a positive. I want this to work.  But that means I’m going to be trying to make it work. So I’m going to be looking for a reason to do it, not a reason not to do it.” As OBJ went into the Dallas facility for his interview, the Cowboys really questioned his ability to work out in person and still be able to play. The reason why the Cowboys were doubtful, was that they haven’t been able to see him in person and run routes; they wanted to evaluate the situation with him. After the Interview, OBJ went to the Dallas Mavericks and Suns basketball game with some of the Cowboy players including Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs, sitting courtside. It seems that OBJ has been getting really close to some of the players as if he is thinking of having them as future teammates. Head coach, Mike McCarthy, said that the visit went very well and he liked Odell’s vibe. When Mike was asked about his opinion of the signing, he declined an update. The owner of the Dallas Cowboys was also asked about the visit, Jones said, “OBJ hasn’t really worked out after the ACL tear, he also says he isn’t confident and that’s an issue.” When it seemed like OBJ’s career was ending, there are a lot of things the NFL doesn’t give to the media, so you never know what can happen to him getting signed.