Are the Atlanta Falcons a fit for Odell Beckham?
By Nick Halden
The Atlanta Falcons still could make another noteworthy move before the season kicks off currently with just over $13-million in available cap space. One interesting potential fit is free agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. who is coming off of a serious injury and could likely be signed to a prove-it deal.
Beckham is arguably the best free-agent left on the market and once healthy would have a huge impact on the Atlanta Falcons offense. It would allow Atlanta to move Bryan Edwards to the slot and use rookie Drake London and Beckham as their starting receivers. Adding Beckham would help Atlanta at the very least become an interesting team.
Signing Beckham would give Marcus Mariota a treasure trove of weapons adding to Cordarrelle Patterson, Bryan Edwards, Kyle Pitts, and Drake London. It would establish Atlanta as a credible offense and give Beckham the chance to be the featured receiver once he is healthy.
With Odell having won a ring the only way the Atlanta Falcons are a fit for Beckham is if the receiver is now more interested in stats than rings. The Falcons can’t offer the chance to contend as the Rams or other potential Beckham suitors might.
However, what the team can offer is for Beckham to be the featured weapon when the receiver is healthy. Odell re-established himself last season playing a huge role in the Rams’ route to winning a ring. Though Odell was a contributor there is no question he was the second option and the second-best receiver on that team.
If Beckham stays with the Rams he will be one of the best second options in football but won’t have the chance to re-establish himself as a top ten receiver. The Falcons should make Beckham an offer with their remaining cap space. Odell would help bring fans to the stadium and certainly increase fan interest in what is expected to be a rebuilding year.
As unlikely as it may be for Odell to accept any offers from Atlanta it is certainly worth exploring for a team badly in need of a star player.