Foxborough, MA - If you were forced to list the five best wide receivers in the NFL currently, the greatest consensus would surround Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Davante Adams, Michael Thomas, and Odell Beckham, Jr. Beckham has been a star ever since he burst onto the scene with a series of dazzling catches for the New York Giants. A deep threat who can also open up space in the middle of the field, Beckham is an immense talent who many NFL insiders believe is being squandered on a floundering Giants team that desperately seems to be clinging to Eli Manning, despite their better judgment.
Recognizing this, the New England Patriots apparently tried to make a move for Odell during the NFL season. As first reported by Chris Simms, the Patriots spent a lot of time last off-season and during the season gunning for Odell on the team with a package that potentially included many high draft picks. Rumors also swirled about Rob Gronkowski's potential trade away from New England last off-season, but his potential destination was reported to be the Detroit Lions.
Beckham burst onto the scene during his rookie year and made a name for himself as an acrobatic and athletic talent who could catch anything thrown his way. But he quickly became one of the NFL's top wideouts thanks in large part to his ability to clear space across the middle of the field and always get open. The Patriots ended up with Josh Gordon at the deadline, acquiring him from the Cleveland Browns, and he did not finish the season with New England after his suspension (though he will receive a Super Bowl ring).
It was clear that the Patriots could have used that deep threat down the stretch run of the post-season, especially during Super Bowl LIII, but they still made do with a bare bones receiving corps led by Julian Edelman in which Philip Dorsett was the main deep threat on the roster.
Reportedly, Beckham is still on the market (and Cleveland is actually quite interested) and while the Patriots would obviously love to have a talent like his on the roster, they did just win the Super Bowl without him. As long as they have Tom Brady, they can do anything.