Vikings Players Courting Odell Beckham Jr on Social Media

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The Minnesota Vikings released Adam Thielen last week and it’s well-known that they need a WR2 for the upcoming season. The highest profile wide receiver on the market is Odell Beckham Jr, who missed all of 2022-23 after tearing his ACL during the LA Rams’ 2021-22 Super Bowl victory.

Vikings attend Odell Beckham Jr’s workout

Beckham, now 30-years-old, held a private workout over the weekend and the Vikings were one of eleven teams in attendance. Shocker (not) … he looked great.

Not only does OBJ fit exactly what the Minnesota Vikings offense needs, but he has connections all over the roster. He and Kevin O’Connell won a Super Bowl together in LA and Justin Jefferson is a fellow LSU alum.

You might remember, Odell was banned from LSU campus for two years after passing out stacks of cash to JJ and other players after the Tigers won the National Championship in 2019. For all of these reasons and more, OBJ to the Vikings makes sense.

If you’re worried about locker room chemistry or that Beckham Jr might cause problems off the field, don’t. Because the players currently in that locker room would love to see OBJ wear the purple and gold.

Vikings Players Recruit OBJ on Twitter

How do we know? On Monday night, a few of them were openly courting him on Twitter. It started with (LB) Brian Asamoah, before (CB) Akayleb Evans and (LT) Christian Darrisaw joined in on OBJ’s recruitment.

Can we call it a modern-day version of Ryan Longwell, Steve Hutchinson and Jared Allen flying to Mississippi, to recruit Brett Favre out of retirement? Maybe, maybe not. But you know what they say: ‘comparisons will steal your joy’.

How likely is it that OBJ lands in Minnesota?

Odell is said to be asking for $20 million per season, a number he’s unlikely to get in any type of guaranteed contract. So, this process could drag out for a bit. But that could be a good thing for the Vikings because they’re still trying to figure out how much they are buying vs selling for next season.

Currently, Kwesi & Co can’t afford a Snickers bar out of the TCO Performance Center vending machine, let alone a high-priced free agent wide receiver. But could that change by the time OBJ is ready to make his decision? Many players on roster obviously hope so (and so do I).

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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