3. Trade for Odell Beckham Jr.
I feel like Packers fans will be split on this. I understand the idea of bringing in a big personality like Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t necessarily appealing to a lot of people. They will think he is a “locker room cancer” and will completely destroy the culture that LaFleur has built.
Personally, I don’t think that will be an issue. Think back, when the Giants were relevant, was OBJ being obnoxious? Not necessarily, maybe he was being a bit of a diva like many receivers are, but he was fine. He started acting out when the Giants started losing.
He was fine in Cleveland, happy even. Then they started losing and definitely didn’t live up to the preseason hype. The rumors of his trade request, whether they are true or not, didn’t arrive until they were well out of the playoff picture. For a player like OBJ, losing is frustrating and winning fixes problems.
If he joins Rodgers and company in Green Bay, there will be winning. They won 14 games last year with Adams and a bunch of number three and four receivers. He would give Rodgers a ton of help and would free Adams up from double teams to make more plays as well. On top of that, I feel like a player like OBJ would be welcomed into the locker room. Adams has even reached out on Instagram, saying, “now let’s make that facemask green.”
As far as his contract, I think OBJ is underpaid. According to Over The Cap, he has four years remaining on his contract with cap hits of $14.25 million, $15.75 million, $15 million, and $15 million.
If (when) the Packers cut Jimmy Graham and Lane Taylor, a lot of space will be freed up that will allow them to take on his contract. If the Packers trade for him, there will likely be picks involved which will mean fewer players to pay on rookie deals as well. So to the crowd saying we couldn’t afford him, you’re wrong. Russ Ball is a cap wizard and will make it work if they did end up trading for OBJ. A line you hear all the time when it comes to the cap: there’s always room.