Last year, there was a lot of hand-wringing over the contract status of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. While the Pro Bowl wideout eventually signed a long-term deal with the Giants, it seems that the team might be on the verge of moving him.
According to Bovada via WKYC, the Cleveland Browns have been given the best odds of landing Beckham at +285. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only other team with better than 10/1 odds, with a +700 chance of landing him. Notably, the Giants are still heavily favored to retain Beckham, with -190 odds.
The Browns are a natural top choice as they have been the most closely linked to a Beckham move in recent days. Combine the team’s $81 million cap space (per OverTheCap) and aggressive pursuit of talented offensive players, and you have one of the most reasonable destinations.
— WKYC Channel 3 News (@wkyc) March 7, 2019
The Steelers, meanwhile, are currently working on a deal to offload disgruntled Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown. Such a move is widely expected to come by the end of this week, at which point the Steelers could conceivably have enough draft capital to make a move for Beckham.
One handicap that the Steelers face as of now is their cap situation. OverTheCap has the team sitting on just $12 million in cap space – a number that will not grow significantly even if Brown gets traded.
Last offseason, Beckham signed a five-year, $95 million contract extension with $41 million fully guaranteed. But Beckham’s big contract didn’t quite translate into the kind of production the team wanted from him.
Beckham finished the 2018 season with 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns. He was inactive for the final four games of the season.