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The Odell Beckham Jr. era in Cleveland is officially over. The Browns are finalizing the process of granting Odell his release after a tumultuous week that included Beckham’s father ripping quarterback Baker Mayfield, the team trying to trade him leading up to Tuesday’s deadline, and Cleveland excusing him from practice this week with coach Kevin Stefanski reportedly telling the team that Beckham was essentially no longer a part of the organization. Well, that is now (almost) official and Beckham will then head to waivers on Monday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, when his release is official.
While many folks may be familiar with a waiver wire process thanks to their fantasy football leagues, it’s rare that a player of Beckham’s talent and stature actually becomes subject to waivers in the midst of the season. For those who may be curious as to where Beckham may end up and if your team could have the inside track on him on the waiver wire, you’ll be able to see a rundown of the current order below.
After Week 3, the waiver wire order is set in reverse order of the current standings in the league. So, that would mean the 0-8 Lions would have the top priority to claim Beckham if they so choose, while the 7-1 Cardinals have the lowest priority. And if you’re wondering why the 6-2 Titans have a worse priority than teams like the Packers and Rams (both 7-1 on the year), that’s because that area of the waiver wire is ordered by currently playoff seeding and Tennessee is currently the top seed in the AFC.
Current NFL waiver order (Week 9)Detroit Lions Miami DolphinsHouston TexansJacksonville JaguarsNew York Jets New York GiantsWashington Football TeamPhiladelphia EaglesSeattle SeahawksChicago Bears Atlanta FalconsSan Francisco 49ersMinnesota VikingsIndianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots Denver BroncosCleveland BrownsKansas City ChiefsCarolina Panthers Los Angeles ChargersPittsburgh SteelersCincinnati BengalsNew Orleans SaintsTampa Bay BuccaneersBuffalo BillsLas Vegas RaidersDallas CowboysGreen Bay PackersBaltimore RavensLos Angeles Rams Tennessee TitansArizona Cardinals
Naturally, it’ll be fascinating to see if any team decides to place a claim on Beckham and if the receiver tries to force his way to a certain destination by telling clubs if he’d play for them or not. The New Orleans Saints were one team reportedly interested in acquiring him at the deadline, but no deal came about. For him to land with Sean Payton’s club, however, 22 other teams would have to decide against claiming him.
Beckham will be subject to waivers on Monday, so we may know at the start of next week where his next stop in the NFL will be. If he goes unclaimed, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent and be able to sign wherever he likes.
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