The Arizona Cardinals have been accumulating key items for a title run and former NFL huge receiver turned analyst Brandon Marshall thinks it could make sense for the NFC West contender to pursue polarizing Cleveland Browns pass-catcher Odell Beckham Jr.
“The place is he rehabbing proper now?” Marshall mentioned on FS1’s First Issues First. “Phoenix, Arizona.
“He’s going to be on the Cardinals. I do know yesterday I talked in regards to the Inexperienced Bay Packers, however I’m taking a look at this and I’m like JJ Watt simply goes there. He’s on the market in Arizona falling in love with the climate that JJ Watt is speaking about. You’ve received Kyler. You’ve received massive canine [DeAndre Hopkins] on the opposite facet. Why wouldn’t you get this completed? So, I’m going to double down on the Arizona Cardinals. It is smart.”
OBJ ➡️ the Arizona Cardinals subsequent season?
“Odell is out in Phoenix rehabbing there. J.J. Watt simply goes there, you bought Kyler & you bought D-Hop on the opposite facet. It is smart.” @BMarshall pic.twitter.com/nqVFnZWjiV
— First Issues First (@FTFonFS1) March 4, 2021
However does it make sense? Beckham carries a large cap hit ($15.75 million) and is coming off a torn ACL, which is yet one more severe damage setback for the previous Offensive Rookie of the Yr. Beckham has missed 25 video games because the 2017 season.
Browns Wanting Ahead to Beckham Getting Wholesome
There’s been numerous chatter about Beckham’s future in Cleveland, even with the crew rebuffing the hypothesis at each flip.
Browns govt vice chairman of soccer operations and normal supervisor Andrew Berry most lately backed Beckham being a long-term piece in Cleveland throughout his press convention on Wednesday.
“I’ll say this about maybe about all of our injured guys, they’re all progressing rather well, and that features Odell. I feel he’s proper on monitor,” Berry advised reporters. “I feel he’s a dynamic participant who could be extremely productive on this system so we’re wanting ahead to getting him again wholesome.”
Beckham had 23 catches on 43 targets for 319 yards and three touchdowns earlier than tearing his ACL in October. He additionally added a dashing rating. What didn’t assist his trigger was that the Cleveland offense clicked with out him as they picked up their first playoff win in additional than a quarter-century.
Browns Choices With WR Rashard Higgins
The Browns additionally need to decide on whether or not or not they need to deliver Rashard Higgins again subsequent season. Higgins, who has spent his whole five-year profession in Cleveland, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Higgins notched 37 catches for 599 yards and 4 touchdowns final season, excelling in a bigger function after Beckham went down. He additionally managed 16.2 yards per reception — a career-high — and was a stable producer within the postseason, displaying off his chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield.
“I cannot contact on the precise dialogue now we have had, however I feel it suffices it to say we wish to have Rashard again,” Berry advised reporters this week. “He clearly performed a key function for us this previous 12 months and now we have a extremely constructive historical past with him. Look, free company could be tough, and clearly, he has earned the best to make the choice that’s most applicable for him. We’ll keep constantly good communication with him and his reps. We’ll see the place it goes.”
#Browns Andrew Berry on Rashard Higgins: “We would wish to have Rashard again. He performed a key function for us final 12 months.”
Stated free company is hard however they will be in contact along with his brokers and “we’ll see the place it goes.”
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) March 3, 2021
Higgins’ market worth is $6.1 million yearly, per Spotrac. That may probably be greater than the Browns could be prepared to take a position with somebody who could be a 3rd huge receiver on a crew that likes to run a number of tight finish units. Higgins has made it clear he needs to remain in Cleveland, so maybe he could be prepared to take much less cash.
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