One of the hazards of being world champions (anyone used to saying that yet?) is that anyone and their grandpa tries to jump on the ship. One thing that cannot be ignored is that these are mostly journeyman players, making a last gasp attempt to land on a team that could win them a ring. Many of these players want to play for Tampa for what the Bucs can do for them.
Thanks, but no thanks. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a team that has spent a season building a winning culture and chemistry. What other teams may find concerning is that this group of players has the potential to only get better.
This brings us neatly to the latest rumor: Odell Beckham Jr. While I’m sure many have laughed at the attempts of rival fans to discuss ridiculous trade offers, let’s look at the facts.
OBJ, drafted in 2014 to the New York Giants, went in the same year as our very own Mike Evans. Out of the two players, Beckham, Jr. was clearly the 2nd place prize, as Evans is steadily embarking on a HOF career. But, we aren’t here to talk about Mike Evans!
Beckham, Jr. is undeniably a gifted athlete. The ability to run crisp routes and make spectacular catches is a tempting prospect for most teams. Most! The biggest drawback of OBJ is that he is constantly shrouded in drama, and unless his ego is being correctly managed, presents a distraction this team doesn’t need. Since being drafted, Beckham, Jr. is a player that has craved the spotlight, has suffered from frequent injuries, and left the Giants under a cloud, with him now posturing to leave Cleveland, who traded for him.
The signing of Odell Beckham, Jr. just isn’t a consideration for the Buccaneers. Not when Chris Godwin is available in free agency! Godwin has developed into the perfect foil for the Bucs #1 wideout, Mike Evans, and continues to showcase his physicality, hands, route running, and team mentality. This is where the wide receiver focus needs to be this offseason. Earlier, I wrote about this team developing chemistry and re-signing Godwin, will work to keep the most talented offense seen in Tampa together.
Given the choice between a media-driven diva with talent and a team player with talent, always go for the player that won’t become a headache!
Odell Beckham, Jr. to Tampa just doesn’t make any sense for anyone but OBJ, and that’s because he’s more interested in what the team can do for him.