Tampa Bay Buccaneers star quarterback Tom Brady faces the New Orleans Saints in Week 2, and he ran into a special player during pregame.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers star quarterback Tom Brady faces the New Orleans Saints in Week 2, hopeful for his first win against them with the Bucs. Pregame, he ran into free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and appeared to have a friendly talk.
Beckham and Brady are ran up to each other, shook hands and exchanged hugs on the field. The star wide receiver remains unsigned, but he’s proven he can still be an asset in the NFL after winning the Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams last season.
It’s unclear where he may end up this season, especially while recovering from an ACL tear that occurred last year. Let’s take a look at how well he’d fit in with the Bucs and the Saints.
Odell Beckham Jr. could be a great addition to the Saints, but maybe not the Buccaneers
Beckham was certainly better in the first half of his career, but he’s still an asset considering he helped the Rams win their second Super Bowl.
Until 2020, Beckham had over 1,000 receiving yards each season, excluding 2017 where he only played four games. Mike Evans, a current starting wide receiver for the Bucs, has had all but one season with over 1,000 receiving yards. He’s been reliable and shouldn’t be replaced, but with a plethora of injuries among the Bucs wide receivers, adding Beckham could be a good move.
However, the Buccaneers wouldn’t necessarily need him. They have a decent pool of wide receivers who work well with Brady, as proven by their 2021 Super Bowl win.
The Saints have more geographical history with Beckham. The LSU connection is obvious, and Beckham Jr. could easily return home to a Saints team that does need wide receiver help.
Michael Thomas is the most reliable starting wide receiver in New Orleans, and the Saints drafted Chris Olave for a reason. Signing OBJ on the cheap would make this core dangerous.