Odell Beckham Jr. Rumors: Patriots Had 'Exploratory Talks' With WR in Free Agency

Erin WalshApril 2, 2022

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 13: Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the Los Angeles Rams runs with the ball during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots and Odell Beckham Jr. have flirted with the idea of teaming up in the past, and it's possible the two sides finally marry in 2022.

The Patriots reportedly had "exploratory talks" with Beckham early in free agency, and the star wide receiver has an interest in playing for head coach Bill Belichick, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler

On Saturday, Fowler noted the talks ultimately went nowhere and the Patriots decided to trade for Dolphins wideout DeVante Parker instead. Parker's "pedigree and manageable salary" were valued by the Patriots, per Fowler.

This news doesn't necessarily come as a surprise. New England could use an elite receiver like Beckham, and it tried to sign the three-time Pro Bowler when he was released by the Cleveland Browns in November. Beckham agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Rams instead. 

Beckham wasn't opposed to teaming up with Belichick, though, saying in February he was "very, very, very, very" close to signing with the Patriots.

After an up-and-down career with the Browns, Beckham thrived with the Rams. In eight regular-season games, he caught 27 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns, adding 21 catches for 288 yards and two scores in the postseason, including a score in the team's Super Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. 

The Rams have expressed interest in re-signing Beckham, but it's unclear what the franchise's intentions are after signing Allen Robinson to a three-year, $46.5 million deal last month.

L.A. has plenty of depth out wide with Robinson, Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson and Tutu Atwell. Beckham is also recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Super Bowl, though he could return at some point next season.

The Patriots' receiving group features Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne and N'Keal Harry. A healthy Beckham would have given the team a significant downfield threat, which is something it has lacked over the last few seasons.