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The New England Patriots have reached out to free-agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s camp, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe. Howe made no indication that a deal was imminent. The Patriots and Beckham have long had a long-distance love affair, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Beckham, however, has honed in on three teams: the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints. So unless the Patriots made a surprising late push, they may fall out of relevance. New England has just $3.1 million in cap space, and is working with rookie quarterback Mac Jones. While Bill Belichick might entice Beckham, he left both New York and Cleveland over quarterback issues. Perhaps that’s what appeals about Green Bay and Kansas City, both of which have elite starters at QB.
On the day in which he could make his final decision, free-agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. is honing in on the Chiefs, Packers and Saints, per league sources.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) November 10, 2021
It sounds like the conversation between Odell Beckham Jr.'s camp and the Patriots was more on the exploratory level. Obviously, several other teams are involved. We'll see how things progress with Beckham and his options from here.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 10, 2021
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2021
Beckham Jr. left the Browns in controversy. It will be fascinating to see where Beckham lands and whether the mercurial but hugely-talented receiver can revitalize his career.