The 9 teams with enough cap space to claim OBJ waivers originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Odell Beckham Jr.’s tenure in the Cleveland Browns is over.
After the Browns announced earlier in the day they would release Beckham, Cleveland signed a contract with the wide receiver on Friday night to complete the move, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Pending the approval of the revised contract by the NFLPA, Beckham will meet with waivers on Monday and will be available on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.
Where could the three-time pro bowler’s next home be?
Well, the number of teams currently capped to take on Beckham’s deal is in the single digits. Beckham originally had about $ 8 million due for the remainder of the season. After his contract restructuring, that number was reduced to $ 7.25 million, according to Schefter. The remaining two years of Beckham’s deal, which had no guaranteed money, were also removed. So Beckham will be a free agent after the 2021 season.
According to Over the Cap, there are only nine teams without the Browns, who have at least $ 7.25 million as of Friday. They are as follows, in the order they fall in the current waiver wire order: Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 4 Waiver Priority), Washington Football Team (No. 7), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 8), Seattle Seahawks (No. 9), Denver Broncos (No. 17), Carolina Panthers (No. 19), Los Angeles Chargers (No. 20), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 21), and Cincinnati Bengals (No. 22).
The team with the highest priority waiver that makes a claim on Beckham will receive the wideout.
Whether through waivers or if Beckham goes free agent, the teams interested in the 29-year-old wideout will likely all be playoff contenders. With that in mind, it’s probably safe to say that the 1-6 Jaguars will not make a waiver of Beckham. The 2-6 Football Team and 3-5 Eagles could still push the playoffs, but they’re still not a good fit.
The waiver process starts to get really interesting with the Seahawks. While Seattle has the same record as Philadelphia at 3-5, Russell Wilson is about to return from finger surgery. And since there are already rumors that Wilson might be out this off-season, there’s no better way to convince him to stay in Seattle than this year with a wide receiver trio of DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and OBJ All -To go in?
The Steelers, who lost JuJu Smith-Schuster to a shoulder injury at the end of the season, and the Panthers, who don’t have great WR depth behind DJ Moore, also stand out as teams that make sense for Beckham.
Of course, with that $ 7.25 million cap, there’s a good chance no team will lay claim to Beckham. If that happens, he becomes a free agent and can sign with any team.