Lately there was a feeling that three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was going to join the New York Jets, especially after it was reported that he would have an extensive personal meeting with the Jets.
But Beckham instead decided to play for the Baltimore Ravens, who on Monday signed him to a one-year, $15 million deal.
Jets fans may be disappointed their team didn’t land him, but former offensive lineman Damian Woody, who spent his last three seasons with the team, says he didn’t need Beckham.
OBJ was a want…not a need. focus on the ol’ and it’ll be all good # jets
— Damian Woody (@DamienWoody) April 9, 2023
Beckham is recovering from two ACL injuries in less than 18 months, and there are naturally questions about what kind of level he will be able to play going forward.
However, New York may have enough firepower to return to the playoffs next season, especially if they can land future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Garrett Wilson is the Offensive Rookie of the Year after rolling up 1,103 yards and four touchdowns, while Allen Lazard, who played five seasons with Rodgers on the Green Bay Packers, is probably a very solid WR2.
Of course, the Jets’ main strength lies on the defensive side of the football, where they rank fourth in points scored and total yards in 2022.
There, they are led by defensive Rookie of the Year Sauce Gardner and All-Pro first-team defensive tackle Quinnan Williams.
The AFC will be tough next year, but if Rodgers joins the Jets, he should have a real shot at his first postseason berth since 2010.
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