Odell Beckham Jr. wants to join postseason contender for rest of season, sources say

The NFL and the NFL Players Association have officially announced the restructured contract of Odell Beckham Jr. approved, allowing the star-wide recipient to go on waivers Monday and be claimed the following day at 4 p.m. ET, sources told ESPN.

But Beckham doesn’t want to just go to any team, according to sources familiar with his mindset. Beckham wants to spend the rest of this season with a contender in the play-offs and in a winning environment, where he believes he will be happy and productive.

If a team that does not meet these criteria claims Beckham and the $7.25 million still on his contract, there could be potential problems for that team, according to a source, although it is unclear exactly what those problems would be.

As it stands, there are currently nine teams with over $7.25 million in salary caps — the Jaguars, Eagles, Broncos, Seahawks, Panthers, Chargers, Steelers, Bengals and the Washington Football Team.

If Beckham clarifies waivers, which several team managers said over the weekend are the “probable” outcome, he could sign with any team.

Multiple teams with winning records and established fouls are expected to be interested in Beckham, sources told ESPN. According to sources, certain players have already reached out to Beckham and promoted the merits of their organization.

If Beckham approves the waivers on Tuesday, he will likely have a deal with a new team next week, a source said.

Beckham and the Cleveland Browns reached a settlement on the restructured contract on Friday after days of negotiations. The rift became inevitable this past week when, hours before Tuesday’s trade deadline, Beckham’s father shared a video on social media showing Brown’s quarterback Baker Mayfield failing to throw him the ball.

The Browns apologized to Beckham for the past week of training as the sides negotiated his departure from the team, which was finalized on Friday – his 29th birthday. Brown’s general manager Andrew Berry called the situation “unfortunate, but acknowledged that there are some situations in the NFL where things just don’t quite work out.”

Beckham had 17 catches for 232 yards and zero touchdowns in six games this season. He’s had just two 100-yard games in 29 games since joining Cleveland in the 2019 blockbuster trade with the New York Giants.

The three-time Pro Bowler had 1,035 yards in his first season with Cleveland, but suffered a season-end knee injury in 2020.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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