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Russell Wilson returning to Seahawks, could Odell Beckham Jr. be coming next?

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) passes the ball in the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks officially designated Russell Wilson to return off of injured reserve Monday after his surgeon, Dr. Steven Shin, cleared the quarterback to return to action.

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Wilson suffered two injuries to the middle finger on his right throwing hand in a Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Rams: an extensor tendon rupture (mallet finger) and a comminuted fracture-dislocation of the proximal interphalangeal joint. Shin performed surgery on Wilson the next day, and the quarterback was placed on injured reserve a week later. Wilson missed Weeks 6 through 8 before a Week 9 Seahawks bye. Wilson is eligible and expected to play Week 10 against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Russell Wilson's production by week | 2021
Week Passing grade Yards per attempt BTT TWP
1 81.2 11.46 3 0
2 73.9 10.45 2 0
3 71 9.03 0 0
4 78.4 5.96 3 0
5 92.3 8.35 5 0

It’s possible that Wilson could have a new receiving threat in that game, as well. The Cleveland Browns are waiving wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Monday. He is expected to pass through waivers on Tuesday since he’ll carry a $7.25 million salary through the rest of the season. If Beckham does clear waivers, he would officially become a free agent Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio reported during the “Sunday Night Football” pregame show that Beckham wants to join the Seahawks.

It shouldn’t come as a major surprise that the Seahawks would be on Beckham’s shortlist. Wilson is always looking for more help at wide receiver, as he wanted Seattle to sign wide receiver Antonio Brown when he became available last season. The Seahawks also claimed Josh Gordon midway through the 2019 season.

There could be more drama coming between the Seahawks and Wilson this winter after trade rumors percolated in the offseason. One way to make Wilson feel happy in Seattle would be to acquire more pass-catching help.

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Beckham could potentially join a wide receiver depth chart that already features D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Seattle currently has Freddie Swain as their No. 3 receiver, though rookie D’Wayne Eskridge was also designated to return off of injured reserve Monday.

Florio also noted that Beckham would be interested in joining the New Orleans Saints or San Francisco 49ers. While it’s unlikely the New England Patriots would claim Beckham, a source left the door open that they could show interest in signing him if he clears waivers.

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