Odell Beckham Jr. was everywhere.
He was at the Saints-Buccaneers game on Sept. 18 to visit his friend Jarvis Landry, among other things. Last week, he was at the Giants facility to visit his friend Sterling Shepard to give him advice on his ACL rehab.
Where his tour will take him this week is anyone’s guess. Beckham’s exposure has made him the most talked about free agent in the NFL. But he hasn’t accelerated his recovery from the ACL he tore during Super Bowl LVI.
Sources say the former Rams star WR is targeting mid-November for his return, meaning an imminent signing would be a big surprise. Any team could lock Beckham up now and take him through the final stages of rehab, but a later signing is much more likely.
It also creates a situation in which Beckham could cause a feeding frenzy in November as the only top player at his position available by the time the Nov. 1 trade deadline is well past. In other words, for the second year in a row, Beckham will have late-season suitors.
Last year, he agreed to terms with the Rams on Nov. 11, spending a few weeks acclimating before catching fire in the playoffs. He had nine catches for 113 yards in the NFC title game against the 49ers and had two catches for 52 yards and a TD before tearing his ACL again in the Super Bowl against the Bengals.
As for where he is now, Beckham has been cleared of any non-contact work, a source says. And his knee is much healthier than it was when he signed with LA
If Beckham is on the team in mid-November, it will be nine months since the clean ACL tear he suffered in February. As for potential suitors, count any playoff-contending team in need, including the Rams — who still have Beckham’s sign and locker and are ready.
The Bucs, Packers, Bills and Chiefs have been discussed as possible suitors for Beckham, although how much money the wide receiver is guaranteed on a multi-year deal could rule out some of the possibilities.
Unlike last year, when Beckham was released after a disappointing stint in Cleveland, he appears more in line with players like Chris Godwin and Michael Gallup, who received big contracts despite recovering from ACL tears.
Meanwhile, his old friend, Bills linebacker Von Miller, appeared on Richard Sherman’s podcast earlier this week and hinted that he knows where Beckham will land.
“The way I like to think about it,” Miller said, “I think when it’s time to start cutting the block, I think when it’s time to get down to business, we already know where it’s going to be. In my eyes, I’m I think I know where it’s going to be.”