NFL analyst lobbies for Pittsburgh Steelers to add WR Odell Beckham Jr.
By Tommy Jaggi
Omar Khan proved that he wouldn't remain quiet in his first full offseason as the Pittsburgh Steelers general manager. Things were looking bleak for this team just before the start of the legal tampering period, but a flood of moves over the first week of free agency helped improve Pittsburgh's roster.
However, one area where the team has yet to get any stronger is the wide receiver position. While the team has a promising young stud in George Pickens, Diontae Johnson is coming off the least efficient season of his NFL career to date, and things aren't guaranteed to get any better in year five. Meanwhile, the depth of this team is unproven and weak overall.
There could be a solution if Omar Khan and Andy Weidl want to get really creative. Recently, on an episode of Get Up, NFL analyst Dan Orlovsky lobbied for the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign former Pro Bowl wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr.
Orlovsky argued that the biggest issue right now for Pittsburgh is firepower, and they lack too much of it to keep up with premier AFC teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs. Orlovsky seems to think that adding Odell would put them in that mix when it comes to the firepower on their roster, thanks to already having players like George Pickens and Pat Freiermuth.
Even with his most recent football coming in 2021 and taking a year off rehabbing an ACL injury, there's little doubt that a player like Odell could give the Steelers a spark, but is it worth it?
Steelers unlikely to sign Odell Beckham Jr.
Personally, I think I would be in favor of this move -- at the right price, of course. Adding Odell to the mix would give them a talented wide receiver who can line up at multiple positions and give the offense a boost when it comes to big-play potential. This move would also save the Steelers from reaching for a wide receiver early in the NFL Draft in what is deemed as a poor WR class.
Unfortunately, a play to sign Odell Beckham Jr. seems unlikely after the moves Pittsburgh already made to try to improve the team. Though there is technically still enough salary cap space to get a deal done, Khan has already had to move money around, and the Steelers will need a good portion of that to sign their 2023 draft class. They also need an additional $8 million or so to carry into the 2023 season in the event of an injury.
Of course, it's possible that the market falls flat for Beckham because he is an older receiver coming off an injury. If that's the case, I wouldn't rule anything out. However, it seems like there will be a team willing to pay for what he could potentially bring to an offense if healthy, and the Steelers seem to be much more focused on improving the trenches and bringing in physical football players (which is a good thing).
I don't think it's too late for Odell to revive his career on a new team as a WR2, but that seems very unlikely to come in Pittsburgh.