Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is reportedly favoring three NFL contenders amid his recent free agency.
"On the day in which he could make his final decision, free-agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. is honing in on the Chiefs, Packers, and Saints, per league sources," Russini tweeted.
Beckham was released by the Cleveland Browns last Friday (November 5), subjecting him to waivers, allowing any NFL team to put in a claim for him and inherit the remaining $7.25 million on his contract with Cleveland prior to Tuesday's deadline, in which he officially became a free agent, allowing him to choose his own destination.
On Tuesday, Sports insider and analyst Jordan Schultz reported Beckham had a preference to join the Packers on Thursday afternoon, hours ahead of the former Pro Bowl wide receiver officially clearing waivers at 4:00 p.m. ET.
The Packers have had a need at the wide receiver position during the 2021 season, with their three top receivers Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling all missing the team's 24-21 win against the Arizona Cardinals on October 28.
The Chiefs are struggling, but still provide an enticing option for any receiver with quarterback Patrick Mahomes and a talented roster of other skill players, including fellow wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
The Saints have quarterback concerns amid Jameis Winston's season-ending injury, but a return to his hometown could be the best option for Beckham's career resurgence.
Beckham emerged as one of the NFL's brightest stars after being selected No. 12 overall by the New York Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft, following a stellar collegiate career at LSU.
The Louisiana native was the 2014 NFL Rookie of the Year and a three-time Pro Bowler during his first five seasons with the Giants, before being acquired by the Browns, along with Olivier Vernon, in exchange for Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler, and multiple 2019 NFL Draft picks in March 2019.
Beckham's tenure in Cleveland was considered a disappointment as he's caught only 114 receptions for 1,586 yards and seven touchdowns during three seasons, while also recording eight rushes for 96 yards and one touchdown.
Last week, his father, Odell Beckham Sr., shared an 11-minute video on his verified Instagram acocunt that specifically called out quarterback Baker Mayfield for missing his son on numerous passing plays.
Last Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reported Beckham requested a trade away from the Browns on multiple occasions this year, with the initial request coming during the past offseason while recovering from a torn ACL.
The Browns also reportedly excused Beckham from practice for a second consecutive day on Thursday, ESPN reported.