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Report: Pats among teams still in the mix for Odell Beckham Jr.

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The New England Patriots reportedly made contact with Odell Beckham Jr.'s camp, but the free-agent wide receiver has other teams atop his wish list.

Beckham is "honing in" on the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints as his potential destinations after clearing waivers Tuesday, ESPN's Dianna Russini reported Wednesday.

UPDATE (12:25 p.m. ET): The Patriots are "definitely in" on Beckham despite his reported interest in the three teams above, Pro Football Talk reports. The Seattle Seahawks are "very much in the conversation" for Beckham as well, according to Jake Heaps of ESPN 710 Seattle.

The Chiefs, Packers and Saints all make sense for Beckham, who reportedly wants to have a significant role on a contender. He'd be paired with an elite quarterback in Kansas City (Patrick Mahomes) or Green Bay (Aaron Rodgers), while the 5-3 Saints are Beckham's hometown team: He went to high school in New Orleans and attended LSU in Baton Rouge, La.

The Patriots are intrigued by Beckham's talents, according to our Tom E. Curran, and are in the playoff hunt at 5-4. They also have a rookie quarterback in Mac Jones, so perhaps Beckham wants to team up with a more established signal-caller. But the veteran wide receiver relationship with Bill Belichick could sway him toward Foxboro, according to NFL Network's Mike Giardi.

 

We may find out Wednesday whether the former Cleveland Browns wide receiver chooses between the Chiefs, Packers and Saints -- or if a dark horse like the Patriots or Seahawks is still in play.