Odell Beckham Jr.’s recruitment is about to heat up for NFL teams. One already has a significant edge.

For years at the center of Odell Beckham Jr. Universum pioneered Von Miller.

If you wanted to know where Beckham’s head was when things broke up with the New York Giants or never really got together with the Cleveland Browns, people in Beckham’s inner circle mostly agreed: They may not know exactly what Beckham is thinking, but there was little doubt who did it.

Hear from Miller.

The suggestion was simple. Even if Miller wasn’t willing to betray the two friends’ trust and tell exactly what was going on, he would almost certainly drop a lead from time to time. Arguably no other NFL player has been consistently closer to Beckham throughout his career. The two talk regularly. They’ve been training and rehab together during the off-season. Their families are close. And they finally realized a long-cherished dream in the 2021 season by playing and winning a Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams and then topping it all off by teaming up with Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald, to actually help shape the gigantic championship rings that followed.

When Miller surprisingly left the Rams during the offseason while on free agency, people who knew the couple best couldn’t help but be skeptical that Beckham was a ban to return to Los Angeles than his surgically repaired knee was rehabilitated for the second half of the 2022 season. As much as the Rams wanted Odell back and remained confident that he would bring it back this season, folks in circles with Beckham and Miller kept opening a seemingly unlikely door. After all, Miller was always a trusted and sometimes persuasive friend in Beckham’s life and vice versa. So much so that there was even a moment in the summer of 2020 when Miller raised the idea of ​​finding a way to join Beckham in Cleveland. Beckham pushed that back hard, perhaps anticipating the implosion that ultimately led to his dismissal from the franchise last season.

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But as soon as Miller was traded to the Rams in early November, members of Beckham’s circle began repeating that age-old message: Quit Von Miller.

09/08/2022;  Inglewood, California, United States;  Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) leaves the field after defeating the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo’s Von Miller could be a great recruiter for the Bills in a potential takeover of free agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. (Gary A. Vasquez – USA TODAY Sports).

There was little doubt he was already recruiting Beckham, and he was doing it just as the wideout was trying to push his way from Cleveland’s roster. Within two weeks they both had exactly what they wanted. The Browns relented and agreed to release Beckham, and Miller and Ramsey immediately rolled out the red carpet between California and Ohio.

All of this, of course, is more history than mystery. The friendship and influence the two players have on each other has been previously recorded. But it’s an important piece of history in the coming days as Beckham’s free hand is expected to move towards November. And despite the cruciate ligament rupture that occurred in February’s Super Bowl win, it will be a crowded room that’s calling. Not just because of what Beckham showed in his short stint as a mercenary with the Rams last season, but also because the league’s middle echelons are bursting with teams in need of an adrenaline rush. A lot of of all good teams could use a talented full-back who made such a dramatic impact in the red zone last season.

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The Rams could certainly use him. So the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and a handful of other offenses could be in for a rollercoaster ride in 2022 with their top-flight quarterbacks. And you can rest assured that Beckham is keeping an eye on them all, too. He admitted as much on Twitter Thursday during an exchange with former NFL player Marcus Spears.

In exchange, Beckham asked Spears to remove the Dallas Cowboys franchise Spears used to play for and offer his top five targets. Spears responded with (you could have guessed it) the Chiefs, Packers, Rams, Buffalo Bills and Ravens. Beckham replied, “See you eye-to-eye” with a pair of smiling emojis, who were high-fiving each other.

(You gotta love social media for free agency theater.)

As much as this was an important little tip from Beckham, there might have been another that was more telling. And that’s when Miller told reporters Wednesday that he likes the match between Beckham and the Bills and already thinks he knows where Odell is likely headed.

“I probably talk to him every week,” Miller told reporters. “I’ll get in touch with him, keep in touch with him. OBJ, he’s also a vet in this league. He understands teams and the way teams are built. I’m sure when he looks at our team, he sees that he fits into our team. He’s touring now. He will [the] The Giants practice facility and the Saints, Tampa and all that stuff you should. You should go around, see the league and get the love.

“He’s still on the Super Bowl tour. He’s done pretty much everything in this league. You want to go around and get love think when it’s time to come down [to] Business, we already know where he’s going to be. As far as I’m concerned, I think I know where he’s going to be.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks with Odell Beckham Jr. before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, September 18, 2022, in New Orleans.  (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

Odell Beckham Jr. shares a moment with Tom Brady on September 18 in New Orleans. Could his Super Bowl tour include a visit to Tampa? (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

Miller doesn’t sit with reporters berating Beckham for believing he’ll end up back with the Rams or signing with one of Buffalo’s closest rivals. He’s saying it because he believes – or knows – that Buffalo is the target. He says effectively, “I want Odell to get out there and enjoy the publicity and attention, but I also know he’ll come home at the end of the night.” And home is in Buffalo.”

This is the classic Von Miller pomp. And it makes sense because the bills aren’t hard to sell at this stage. They have one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in Josh Allen, who can improvise into massive, game-changing plays, and he’s also an improvement over Matthew Stafford. The Bills have sick defense and a dominant #1 wideout, which guarantees that Beckham doesn’t sign up to be the center of defense. They have a coaching staff and a fan base that are deeply connected to the players. You also have the opportunity to add a piece to the trade deadline and solidify an already top notch shot to win the Super Bowl.

Oh, and lest we forget, they also have Beckham’s closest friend in the NFL, Von Miller, directing recruitment.

That unification might not be an absolute lockdown in early October – after all, there’s still plenty of time on the schedule and a lot can go wrong over the next month – but it’s as close as it can be. Respect what history tells you about this situation and pay attention to the guiding star. Recruiting Odell Beckham Jr. is bound to be fun. But it could also be over before it begins.

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