NFL Offseason Roundup: Odell Beckham, Allen Robinson Find New Destinations!
A lot has happened over the past month after the initial surge of moves when the offseason kicked off. We are going to cover all the biggest signings, and let you know how they will impact the 2023 NFL season.
Players on the Move
Odell Beckham Jr. signs with the Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens inexplicably gave Beckham a $15 million contract which is about $11 million more than what he's worth. The absurdity of this signing is incredible unless there is more to the deal which would lead to Lamar Jackson returning. Otherwise, it's ridiculous. Beckham hasn't been special since 2016 and has been widely mediocre for half of a decade now. Now he's coming off a second ACL tear and will be 31 years old this season. The max they should have paid for an old, mediocre, and injury-riddled receiver was $4.5 million. In 14 games last year, he put up 537 yards and five TDs, that is his best season since 2019.
This deal will have minimum fantasy impact on anybody involved. It shouldn't hurt Rashad Bateman or Mark Andrews, and it doesn't do a whole lot to help Lamar Jackson assuming he's the Ravens' QB this season. He will likely battle it out with Nelson Agholor for the WR2 job. If the goal was to simply pay $15 million for a guy who may be better than Devin Duvernay, then sure, they nailed it.
Allen Robinson Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers have acquired A-Rob for a seventh-round pick swap and will take on $5 million of his contract from the Los Angeles Rams. This is exactly what the Ravens should have done. It's a similar caliber player who comes with similar risks at one-third of the cost. Robinson is coming off a second-straight bad season and managed just 339 yards and three TDs in 10 games last season. He will likely slot in as the WR3 in as the WR3 for the Steelers and they will hope he can get back to being the guy he was in 2020. It looks like his better days are behind him, but we will see how it goes.
There isn't much this trade does to change the fantasy landscape. He doesn't hurt anyone if Pittsburgh and he probably doesn't help out too much either. If by some miracle he does revert back to the guy he was in 2020 then George Pickens would likely take a hit, but we don't see that happening.
Chosen Anderson Signs with the Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins have signed Chosen Anderson to a one-year deal. If you're wondering who that is, he used to go by Robbie Anderson. It's likely he slots as the Dolphins' WR4. This signing has enhanced the speculation that Cedrick Wilson's days in Miami are likely numbered and there is a good chance he's traded by the end of next weekend. This is another guy who the Dolphins hope can get back to being the guy he was in 2020 when he went for over 1,000 yards. Unfortunately, he has been atrocious the past two seasons posting just 519 and 282 yards. However, he still has the speed to fit into this offense. If someone were to get injured, he could be the guy who steps up.
Richie James to the Kansas City Chiefs
Usually, a Richie James signing wouldn't notable, nevertheless, it is because of the circumstance. He will be playing with the best quarterback on the planet and is joining the worst WRs corps in the league. This will get people talking about him this summer. Much like last year, we will probably speculate about who the WR in Kansas City to own is up until the point we inevitably come to the conclusion that the right answer is none of them. However, James had a decent year last season catching 57 passes for 569 yards and four TDs for the Giants. It's not out of the realm of possibilities that he ends up being the best PPR WR on the Chiefs this season and it's also very possible he ends up being the best fantasy option in this article. He signed for just over $1.2 million.
DJ Chark heads to the Carolina Panthers
This is an interesting signing for the Panthers. Chark is still just 26 and we have seen flashes of brilliance for him over the years including a 1,000-yard season. There is a real chance he can beat out Adam Thielen and Terrace Marshall for the WR2 job at some point this season. The issue is, we don't know who the quarterback is going to be yet so it's tough to evaluate him or the situation. Still, he will definitely be a guy to keep an eye on during training camp. It wouldn't surprise us at all if there is buzz that he's climbing the depth chart in Carolina. Last year he caught 30 passes for 502 yards, and three TDs in 11 games. Over 17 games that averages out to 46 receptions, 776 yards, and five TDs.
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