The Cleveland Browns and Odell Beckham Jr. officially parted ways on Monday. Cleveland released the Pro Bowl wide receiver, meaning that he will now enter the waiver wire: teams have until 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday to make their claims.
However, Beckham Jr. passing through waivers untouched due to his $7.25 million salary cap hit would not be a surprise. If that indeed were to happen, a scramble for his services would likely ensue.
One of the teams to watch in that scenario appear to be the New England Patriots — a team that has never shied away from making splash acquisitions at a discount price.
On Monday, the Patriots’ starting quarterback shared his thoughts on the matter.
“I think Odell is a great player. I definitely watched him growing up and stuff,” said Mac Jones during an appearance on WEEI’s Merloni & Fauria show. “Obviously, that’s not my decision. But we’re open to whoever wants to come here and help us win. So, you’ll have to ask people with higher knowledge than me on that one. But we’re not opposed to it at all.”
Following a series of transactions, the Patriots currently have $3.08 million in salary cap space available, per Miguel Benzan. That number is not enough to claim Beckham Jr, but enough to possibly be competitive on the open market.