Imagine Odell Beckham Jr. lining up at wideout for the Miami Dolphins, taking his talents back to South Beach, so to speak.
What if his off-day yacht party on Biscayne Bay that infuriated so many curmudgeons followed by a disappointing playoff performance last weekend was really just a sign from the football gods?
The Dolphins don’t have an apparent need at receiver and may have glaring holes all over the defense, but making an attempt to acquire the dynamic but volatile New York Giants wideout makes too much sense. Whether he’s even available is uncertain, but The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre made some good points here about why it “isn’t crazy” if the Giants decide to part ways.
Let’s assume Beckham is available because with football season over in South Florida it’s certainly more interesting to talk about than the tanking Miami Heat.
Now consider the following:
- Owner Stephen Ross LOVES to make cannonball splashes in the offseason (See: Ndamukong Suh)
- Beckham would reunite with best friend and former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry, who’d form the most feared and swaggerific receiver tandem in football
- Beckham would aid in the further development of Ryan Tannehill
- Adam Gase is beloved by his players and appears to get through to anyone
- Having one of the NFL’s best downfield threats would relieve pressure on the offensive line, an area for perpetual concern in Miami
- Beckham makes them more interesting, and more interesting sells tickets
Making the playoffs was an incredible achievement for the Dolphins this year considering the 1-4 start, the debilitating injuries to so many impact players, and the fact the roster, by most accounts, wasn’t that talented.
But the fact is they weren’t elite on either side of the ball. Luck and scheduling were huge components of their regular season success. Their offense ranked 14th and defense ranked 19th, per Football Outsiders’ end-of-the-season efficiency rankings. Their point differential was a lackluster minus-17.
So we can talk about infusing all of their offseason resources into the defense but in reality this team needs playmakers wherever it can get them. Adding an electric weapon like Beckham gives Tannehill, the offensive line, and the defense a greater margin for error. Call it the superstar effect.
The Dolphins’ trio of wideouts this year were solid, in Landry, DeVante Parker, and Kenny Stills but they weren’t spectacular. I’d let alligator arms Stills walk in free agency and work on an extension with Landry.
Parker is an interesting piece because the former first-rounder oozes talent but hasn’t offered consistency. He’s still a what if. Could packaging Parker’s potential with the team’s first-rounder this year be enough?
Remember, every first round features an inevitable batch of busts, something Dolphins fans know too well with the likes of No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan. You could argue the Dolphins haven’t landed a bona fide star in the opening round since Jake Long in 2008 — this seems hard to do.
The Dolphins need playmakers, period. One could be available in Odell Beckham Jr, a special player capable of transforming an offense.
Bring Beckham back to South Beach.