Should the Bills add OBJ or not? In the world of “Big Threes” and super-teams, it has become more and more common to see big name players link up with hot teams. (Cough, cough, LeBron James.) They communicate, get together, and bolster their roster and make a postseason push. It is more commonly found in the NBA where players have more control over their own destinations, but this trend is carrying into NFL as well. The most recent example being the Rams of last season selling their future to “win now” and fortunately for them, it worked out.
After the Bills trounced those same Rams in front of Odell Beckham Junior and the rest of the country last night, Bills fans from Orchard Park to Syracuse have been clamoring to bring that man on the roster. On paper, it makes sense. Odell even sent out a tweet insinuating that he would like to join the team.
The more talent that you can add to a roster the better, right? Wouldn’t the Bills be better off with another Pro-Bowl level target for #17 to throw to? While this may be true, the NFL is different than the NBA. Super Bowl rosters and teams are just different. They are more often built on grit, togetherness, mesh, and character as opposed to chasing down the next shiny object. Odell Beckham Junior is none of those things.
With the exception of last season, issues arise and teams underperform wherever he goes. He complains and divides locker room as if it’s his job. He is injury prone. Do the Bills really need OBJ’s dad making highlight tapes about Josh Allen’s underperformance? He did it to Baker Mayfield in Cleveland! I see this move as causing more issues than it could ever solve. Nevermind the pretty penny they’ll have to pay to get him in the door. The Bills wide receiver room is looking better than it ever. Stefon Diggs, Isaiah McKenzie, and Gabe Davis are looking and playing exceptionally. Why take the risk of causing strife and messing that up?
What about last night’s 31-10 W makes Bills fans say “we could definitely use some more receivers”??? Tom Brady and the Patriots won the majority of their SuperBowls with much less. Those receiving targets paled in comparison to what the Bills have at their disposal today. Belichick was literally signing lacrosse players to come catch balls for TB12 in Foxboro. Danny Amendola has more rings than Randy Moss. If I’m Sean McDermott today, I’d be very wary of getting caught up in the OBJ sweepstakes; it may be a risk he cannot afford.