As OTAs approach, veteran wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was named as the top priority for the Indianapolis Colts at this point in the offseason.
The Indianapolis Colts can’t seem to escape the outside noise that they need to add a receiver. That has been the message directed at Indy since last season ended.
The Colts drafted wide receiver Alec Pierce with their first-overall pick in the Draft but that still wasn’t enough to silence the noise. Fans and media members feel that Pierce should just be the first step.
In order to really round out Indy’s receiving room, many feel that a veteran wide receiver is needed. Re-signing TY Hilton has been suggested, as well as reuniting Matt Ryan with Julio Jones.
However, neither of those things have happened yet. There’s also another veteran receiver still available that’s capable of playing at an elite level. That’s Odell Beckham Jr.
Marc Sessler from NFL.com said that exploring “the concept of Odell Beckham Jr.” should be the top priority for Indianapolis. Sessler highlights Indy’s need for another receiver, as well as Beckham’s love of the Matt Ryan acquisition.
Colts need to explore signing Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham is coming from one of the most bittersweet moments of his career. He won a Super Bowl last season with the Los Angeles Rams but also tore his ACL in the championship game.
It was an unfortunate turn of events for OBJ after getting his career back on track following his departure from the Cleveland Browns.
In eight regular-season games with the Rams, Beckham had 27 receptions for 305 yards and five touchdowns. In four postseason games, he added 21 receptions for 288 yards and two touchdowns.
That includes two receptions for 52 yards and one touchdown in the Super Bowl where Odell was looking like the best offensive player before injuring his knee in the second quarter.
Considering Beckham’s injury and how late it is in the offseason, he will probably only be signing a really cheap one-year deal. That’s something the Colts can afford but the question becomes when will Beckham be ready to play.
There’s no full-proof method to predict how long it’ll take to recover from an ACL injury. Each recovery is different. Since the injury occurred so late, Beckham could be out all of next season or he could come back towards the end of the calendar year, November or December.
It’ll ultimately be a decision that a team has to make with their medical staff. There’s no question that the Colts could use a healthy Odell at receiver, but there’s no telling when Indy would get that.