3. Top free-agent landing spots for Odell Beckham Jr. – New England Patriots
The Patriot Way has often been an appealing sell to free agents looking to land on contenders. Beckham would have been a good flyer for New England last season before he signed with the Rams and the fit is even better now.
The Patriots managed to get to the postseason with rookie quarterback Mac Jones, who played well as a game manager but wasn’t able to elevate the team against the best competition. The path to developing Jones got more difficult with the departure of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for the Las Vegas Raiders’ head coaching job, so adding more weapons would be a prudent move.
The receiving corps leave a lot to be desired for New England, which didn’t get a lot out of guys like Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne as their top perimeter receivers. Beckham would immediately supplant both of them as a starter and give the Patriots their most dynamic wide receiver since Randy Moss was catching passes from Tom Brady in the late 2000s.
The price tag should make sense for New England if Beckham is willing to take a one-year prove-it deal after the ACL injury. Head coach Bill Belichick has also done a good job integrating players most assume are locker-room problems in the past and could continue to help Beckham’s revival proceed in the right direction.