NFL.com writer implores Colts to test veteran WR free agent market
In today’s NFL, having at least three powerful wide receivers to work with in the passing game generally tends to be key overall to a good offense, especially as the game passes to a much happier game overall.
The Indianapolis Colts don’t have one yet, though third-year wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and rookie Alec Pierce look pretty promising.
That’s where NFL.com analyst Marc Sessler wants the Colts to focus this offseason before training camp begins, adding a specific name to a roster that’s poised to win now.
That wide receiver name? Free Agent Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham Jr., 29, is coming off a Super Bowl title with the Los Angeles Rams, despite tearing his ACL for the second time in the 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, which will put his availability for the start of the season in doubt.
Although coming back from his knee injury, Beckham Jr. – when fully healthy – remains a dynamic receiver overall and would add an important weapon to the Colts offense under coach- chief Frank Reich, offensive coordinator Marcus Brady and new veteran quarterback Matt Ryan.
“Taking Alec Pierce in the second round fulfilled a tangible need for the Colts. Beyond the rookie, Michael Pittman Jr. is a delight to watch, but injuries have limited Parris Campbell to 15 games in three seasons. Depth is a concern,” Sessler writes. “With Matt Ryan at the motherboard, Indy is looming as a potential tractor beam for Odell Beckham Jr., who is fresh off the knee injury he suffered in the Super Bowl. The Rams are interested in bringing him back, but Beckham went out of his way in March to post a glowing review of Ryan’s acquisition.
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“With more than enough ceiling space in a winnable AFC South, why not spend the dead presidents required to lure a veteran passer who can frame Pierce and add some holy fire to Indy’s aerial offense?”
On paper, the addition of Beckham Jr. certainly makes a lot of sense for the Colts, at least on a one-year contract, allowing Beckham Jr. to rebuild his free agency value while helping Indianapolis pursue a Super Bowl championship.
It would be interesting to see how he would fit in with Pittman Jr. and Pierce on the court, not to mention Parris Campbell in the slot. That said, Ryan would make it work and would definitely appreciate the extra weapon set.
The Colts have taken big swings in the past on extremely talented players, and that’s exactly what Beckham Jr. remains today. Will the Colts really care about him? It’s unlikely. But if the price is right and there’s mutual interest, don’t be surprised to see OBJ in blue and white.
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