Porch: Explaining Why the Patriots Must Avoid Odell Beckham, Jr.

There have been lots of murmurs from Patriots Nation about what the course of action is for the offseason. With uncertainty about who the quarterback will be, many have mentioned trading for Odell Beckham, Jr.

Here’s why the Patriots need to stay away from him.

Everyone knows about the one-handed catch that ultimately made him a superstar. He became a superstar off of one play, unlike DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones, who became superstars based on their numbers. Hopkins’s 104 catches for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns as well as Jones’s 99 catches for 1,394 yards toppled the numbers for Beckham, had 74 catches for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns.

Beckham’s numbers are good for a receiver, sure, but he is far from elite.

One might also fail to mention the likes of Micheal Thomas, A.J Green (when healthy), Mike Evans, and Davante Adams, who all have arguments to state they are better than Beckham. Even teammate Jarvis Landry and Pro Bowler Tyreek Hill could be dubbed as better than Beckham.

Now, this is not to say that Beckham is not a good receiver, but he should not be traded to New England. His ego is bigger than the contract that the Patriots would have to pick up. His reported “come get me” comment to most teams and his continuous beef with Josh Norman shows that he is all for himself. He is still owed $56 million until after the 2023 season. That’s a lot of money for a team that refused to shell out $25 million for Chandler Jones.

The cost to trade him would be just as high, likely fetching N’Keal Harry and numerous draft picks plus additional players. The Cleveland Browns would be unwilling to part ways with their recent acquisition without a plan for replacement, or without the tools to fix the holes in their squad.

While he is a good receiver, don’t let the over hype of one good catch fool you into thinking he needs to be a Patriot.

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