The Lions are a potential landing a WR worth $100 million.

The Lions are a potential landing spot a WR worth $100 million.

Some draft experts were taken aback when the Detroit Lions decided not to select a wide receiver in the 2024 NFL draft. The Lions signed undrafted free agents Isaiah Williams and Jalon Calhoun, but analysts will probably link the team to established wide receivers still available in the free agent pool this summer. On April 29, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL Network accomplished it. The Lions “stand out” as a possible destination for the seasoned Odell Beckham Jr., according to Rosenthal’s tweet.

According to Rosenthal, “OBJ profiles as a 500 snap role player.” “Two teams that could use outside wideout help to round out their groups are the Steelers and Lions.”

After missing all of 2022 due to an ACL injury, Beckham enjoyed a very successful 2023 season. Alongside the Baltimore  Ravens, Beckham posted 35 catches, 565 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in 14 games.

With 16.1 yards per reception, he set a new career high behind that output.

Beckham has amassed 566 receptions, 7,932 receiving yards, and 59 touchdowns in his ten years in the NFL. In his NFL career, he has made little over $100 million, according to Spotrac.

Why the Lions Could Be a Good Fit for Odell Beckham Jr.
In NFL free agency, Detroit lost veteran receiver Josh Reynolds to the Denver Broncos. In the main statistical categories from the previous season, Reynolds ranked second among the team’s wide receivers.
Jameson Williams, a third-year wide receiver, has been pushed by head coach Dan Campbell to step up and take Reynolds’ place in 2024. Donovan Peoples-Jones is another player on the Lions that may play a larger role come autumn.

But adding a proven commodity with more recent production wouldn’t be a bad idea for a team expected to be a top Super Bowl contender.

Beckham has recorded five 1,000-yard campaigns during his career. He’s also posted at least 70 catches in five seasons.

Beckham isn’t that receiver anymore, but the Lions don’t need him to be an All-Pro for him to be a worthwhile addition. Lions wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown has emerged as one of the top receivers in the NFL. Furthermore, tight end Sam LaPorta and running back Jahmyr Gibbs recorded stellar rookie seasons as pass catchers in 2023 for Detroit.

Williams, Peoples-Jones and Kalif Raymond are currently solid depth receivers. Williams could potentially be more than that too if he reaches his first-round potential.

Therefore, Beckham potentially fits with the Lions as a replacement for Reynolds’ production. Beckham could serve as a reliable secondary target with some big-play potential.


Other Potential WR Additions for Lions

Even though minicamps are quickly approaching for NFL teams, there are still veteran receiving options available in free agency if an organization such as the Lions sees a need.

On April 28, Bleacher Report’s David Kenyon called the Lions one of two potential landing spots for former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd.

Boyd is younger than Beckham. He also had better statistics than Beckham last season. In 17 games with the Bengals during 2023, Boyd posted 67 receptions, 667 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.

However, Boyd might not be the best fit from a schematic standpoint. According to Pro Football Focus, he played more than 80% of his receiver snaps in the slot. Last year, Reynolds played about 35% of his snaps at wideout in the slot.

Boyd’s production would be a great addition to the Lions offense. But in a perfect world, Detroit needs to add an outside receiving threat if they make an addition at wideout.

For that reason, Beckham is perhaps a better fit than Boyd.

Other veteran receivers that are available in free agency and could be used by the Lions outside of the starting lineup are DJ Chark, Michael Thomas, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

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