Then came a list of his preferred destinations, which included the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, and New Orleans Saints.
Some fans may have assumed he would sign right away, but it is now Thursday and he still has no team.
One NFL insider reported Beckham may end up waiting until next week to make a decision.
There are teams who are talking to Odell Beckham Jr. that believe the free-agent wide receiver will wait until the games are complete on Sunday before making his final decision, per league sources.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) November 11, 2021
So why the wait?
Overestimating The Market
Beckham may have believed huge offers would come his way as soon as he cleared waivers.
In reality, teams may only be offering him a minimum deal for the remainder of the season.
According to NFL source, #Packers are offering Odell Beckham Jr., the veteran minimum. Of course, that could go up, but they can’t pay him a ton when they still haven’t extended Davante Adams.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) November 10, 2021
If Beckham wants to go to a contender he has to deal with the fact most top teams are not hoarding cap space this time of year.
If money was the only concern, he could go to a rebuilding team that has plenty to spend.
Waiting until next week is not the worst idea because it does involve some more rest during the 17-game season.
Yet what is he waiting to see?
The Chiefs, Packers, and Saints are all going to remain in the contender range no matter what happens in Week 10.
If he is interested in a team like the Seattle Seahawks, that makes more sense as Russell Wilson is set to make his return for a 3-5 team.
Beckham is not going to command a bigger deal by waiting one more week.
The deals he has rolling in now are going to be the best because teams interested in him already know they have competition.
So top offers have been made and it is his decision at this point.
Forcing his way out of his contract in Cleveland could come back to haunt him if his second act in 2021 does not go as planned.