As the Patriots look to upgrade their wide receiver position this offseason, it’s been tough to narrow down options. This year’s free agency class – highlighted by Jakobi Meyers – is a thin one, so more attention has been paid to trade candidates. However, there is one wide receiver available as a free agent who presents tremendous upside, albeit with significant risk as well. That player is Odell Beckham Jr., who has been unsigned since the end of the 2021 season.
Beckham hasn’t played since Super Bowl LVI at the end of the 2021 season, which he won with the Los Angeles Rams. He suffered a torn ACL in that game, the second such tear for him in a 16-month span. Due to the severity of the injury, Beckham remained a free agent throughout the 2022 season despite receiving some interest from contenders late in the year. Teams were reportedly concerned about the stability of his knee. Beckham was also reportedly looking for a long-term deal.