The New Orleans Saints did a little more than kick the tires during this year's trade deadline. The Saints were actively calling teams around the league for help at wide receiver. It was reported that the Saints were in discussion with the Cleveland Browns for Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The Saints and Odell Beckham Jr. are a perfect fit and with the amount of opportunity he has been given in Cleveland, his party was restless. His father made it clear that he hasn't been used correctly or enough on his Instagram account, before the deadline passed.
I’m told there were discussions re: Odell going to the #Saints — but both sides couldn’t agree on a workable deal, given how much OBJ is owed the rest of the year.— KimberLEY A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) November 2, 2021
Plus, there still is optimism in the #Browns building that OBJ can be a big part of their second-half playoff push
The Saints tried to bring Odell Beckham Jr. back home to his home state of Louisiana but the Browns weren't cooperating. The asking price was way too high for the Saints and the Browns refused to help out with any of his salary in the deal. Between the asking price and their reluctancy to help with his salary, a deal could not happen. The Browns’ reason for the high price is because they still believe in him, but it's been made clear that he's unhappy in Cleveland because of the way he's been used. A Sean Payton, Odell Beckham Jr, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara offense would've been fun to watch. The best coach and offense for Odell would have been Sean Payton's. He is a player's coach and knows how to get the most out of his superstars, a problem the Browns are dealing with.
Like the Bradley Roby trade, the Texans helped out the Saints and paid part of Roby's contract to help get the deal done. The Saints needed the same situation with this deal because of their tight salary cap.
The Saints' problem at wide receiver is now relying on Michael Thomas return and being back to his old self. There are some options on the market but they are few and thin.
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