Lions GM Discusses Possibility of Signing Odell Beckham Jr.

Detroit Lions GM Brad Holmes has discussed the possibility of signing free-agent WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Detroit Lions GM Brad Holmes has discussed the possibility of signing free-agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. / Associated Press

While most of the bigger NFL free agents are already off the market, Odell Beckham Jr. is one name that stands above the rest. While injuries have plagued him in recent years, he's still one of the best wideouts in the game when healthy. That's why it isn't shocking that some Detroit Lions fans wouldn't mind adding him to help take the team to the next level.

Unfortunately for optimistic Detroit fans, general manager Brad Holmes has seemingly extinguished that possibility for now. According to team insider Kyle Meinke, Holmes told reporters Tuesday that the Lions "have not talked to Odell" and likely won't due to financial reasons.

Detroit Lions Rumors

One of the more prevalent Beckham rumors is that he's looking for a contract that'll pay him $20 million annually. Holmes said once he heard that rumor, he knew the Lions "can't afford that." While Detroit has just over $25.5 million in cap space according to Spotrac, spending most of that on a wideout who's torn his ACL twice since 2020 would be an overpay.

Although Holmes acknowledges that Beckham would help improve the Lions, they've already built a solid WR room. Amon-Ra St. Brown just racked up 1,161 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns on 106 catches as a sophomore and should only get better. Former 2022 first-rounder Jameson Williams should also be more productive now that he can actually participate in training camp this year.

That's not even to mention solid supporting wideouts like Josh Reynolds, Kalif Raymond and Quintez Cephus. Signing OBJ would provide an obvious boost, but Detroit should be fine without him, especially if St. Brown keeps growing and Williams lives up to his potential.

At this point, the idea of OBJ could be better than the reality of it. He's averaged seven games played over the last three seasons and until he proves he can remain healthy going forward, the Lions are better off not throwing away all the progress they've made for what would likely be a $20 million mistake.

Lions Super Bowl Odds

Even without landing Beckham, Detroit is already viewed as one of the league's top championship threats. FanDuel Sportsbook currently has the Lions available at +2100 odds to win Super Bowl LVIII, which is tied with the Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins for No. 8 in the NFL.

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