Bengals’ Joe Burrow and OBJ’s social media interaction gets blown out of proportion

Kristen Wong
Bengals, Joe Burrow. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Bengals, Joe Burrow. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

Joe Burrow and Odell Beckham Jr. shared a small social media interaction that sent the football world into a rumor frenzy — could the Cincinnati Bengals make a play for OBJ this offseason?

For a bit of context: after Monday’s OTAs, Burrow posted two photos on Instagram with the caption, “My spidey sense is starting to tingle a bit,” which is vague enough in itself. Beckham was one of the first to comment on the post with an equally vague reply: “The one.”

The short exchange could mean absolutely nothing…..or it could mean everything, as Twitter took Burrow’s and Beckham’s dialogue and ran with it.

Both Burrow and Beckham played at LSU, so some started to speculate whether Beckham was itching to join the Super Bowl runner-ups and potentially thrive under Burrow’s arm.

Beckham remains one of the top free agents this offseason after tearing his ACL for the second time in the Super Bowl and has been linked to a number of playoff contenders, but him joining the Bengals is definitely one of the more intriguing propositions.

Cincinnati Bengals linked to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after Joe Burrow and OBJ’s cryptic social media interaction

The elite wideout joined the Los Angeles Rams midseason in 2021 and played a crucial role in their path to winning a ring, yet due to his recent injury, Beckham may have to settle for a one-year, “prove it” deal with a receiver-needy team.

The Bengals are not a receiver-needy team in 2022 with their lethal trifecta of Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins, but behind those three, Cincy could arguably use more depth.

Now, would OBJ be satisfied playing a backup role as essentially a WR4 this season? Probably not. And as the Cleveland Browns well know, a disgruntled OBJ is an untamable menace to any team.

Besides, in all likelihood, Burrow and OBJ’s social media interaction meant nothing, and the Rams will probably opt to run it back with OBJ and Stafford, signing the receiver to a cheaper deal before the end of the offseason.

Los Angeles is understandably reluctant to give Beckham a lucrative contract given his injury history, so now would be the time for an aggressive team to swoop in and lure Beckham with the goods.

Beckham obviously wants to play for a Super Bowl contender this year, and it doesn’t hurt that Bengals’ Joe Burrow is currently one of the league’s best quarterbacks right up there with Matthew Stafford.

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Still, don’t hold your breath waiting for this signing to happen. The Bengals have other roster areas to worry about.