3 Most Likely Odell Beckham Jr. Destinations Following His Browns Release

Devon Platana
The three most likely destinations for Odell Beckham Jr. after the Cleveland Browns released him on Friday.
The three most likely destinations for Odell Beckham Jr. after the Cleveland Browns released him on Friday. / Emilee Chinn/GettyImages

The Cleveland Browns announced Friday that they have released two-time All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The decision comes after the Browns "excused" Beckham from practicing twice this week.

While Beckham may not be the player that he once was, he still has 504 career receptions for 7,062 yards and 51 touchdowns. Now that the trade deadline has passed, this is likely the last chance teams have to add a player of his caliber.

Here's a look at the three most likely Odell Beckham Jr. destinations following his Browns release.

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1. New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints got terrible news this week that superstar wideout Michael Thomas will be out for the season with a new ankle injury. That leaves Deonte Harris and Marquez Callaway as New Orleans' top wide receivers — both who haven't hit 300 receiving yards yet. Safe to say that the Saints could use someone of Beckham's caliber. He's more experienced and talented than the rest of New Orleans' WR room and he's only two seasons removed from his last 1,000-yard campaign. The Saints are also just one game behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the top spot in the NFC South, so they need to act fast if they want to stay in the divisional race. Adding a player like OBJ would go a long way in helping with that goal.

2. Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs still haven't found a consistent No. 2 WR to line up opposite to Tyreek Hill. Mecole Hardman has his moments but hasn't scored since Week 3. Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson are average at best. The Chiefs even brought in Josh Gordon last month, but he has just one reception for 11 yards in four games. At 4-4, Kansas City needs to turn its season around ASAP and one way to do that would be to bring in Beckham. He's a reliable veteran presence that Patrick Mahomes can trust. Plus, with the Chiefs averaging 296.1 passing yards per game (5th), there's a lot of work to go around. Beckham has never played with a gunslinger of Mahomes' caliber either, so maybe this is the move he needs to get his career back on track.

3. Baltimore Ravens

After having the worst passing attack in the NFL last season, the Ravens are averaging 268.1 passing yards (9th) per game this season. Unfortunately, none of the team's wide receivers has looked consistently impressive beyond Marquise Brown. With Sammy Watkins still hurt and rookie Rashod Bateman's role still growing, Baltimore could use Beckham's presence. Currently, Beckham's 17 receptions and 232 yards on the season would both rank third among Ravens wideouts. Even if he doesn't return to his 1,000-yard form, he's still a lot better than most of who Baltimore is rostering, so adding him for the back-half of the season wouldn't be a terrible idea.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.