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Report: Buccaneers getting Odell Beckham, Jr. could be ‘challenging’ if Tom Brady wants him

Recent reports had this pairing as one to watch this offseason.

NFL: Preseason-Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Browns’ Odell Beckham (13) waves to fans prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cleveland at Raymond James Stadium in August of 2019.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a tight spot with their salary cap situation. With potential help on the horizon to free up some money with reports that quarterback Tom Brady and the Bucs are close to a restructure, they would still be in a tough position to even bring back the core of their Super Bowl roster that are schedule to become free agents.

Which is why the latest reports of Tampa Bay having a challenging time going out and getting Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. is not an exaggeration.

In fact, it could be an understatement.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter via Bleacher report, it’ll be difficult for such a deal to happen if the Bucs are making a real attempt at getting OBJ.

Pairing Odell Beckham Jr. with Tom Brady seems like fun on paper but would be tougher to pull off in real life because of the salary cap.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday on Get Up that Brady “might want” the three-time Pro Bowler, but it would be “challenging to fit a wide receiver in at that number on top of everything else they’re trying to get done there.”

This initially started about a month ago when ESPN’s Jeff Darlington said that a blockbuster trade that everyone should keep an eye on for would be a deal the Bucs make for Beckham, due to the friendship he and Brady have. With so many other priorities the Buccaneers have in their own, it would be incredible for Jason Licht & Co. to even consider this.

Tampa Bay is set to potentially place the franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. They are also interested in bringing back veteran wide receiver Antonio Brown, who would cost them much less than acquiring Beckham. Not to mention they still want to negotiate possible deals with Shaquil Barrett and Lavonte David.

Licht has pulled off many offseason surprises as the Buccaneers general manager. But this one just seems a bit out of the reach of the organization.