It’s been a rough couple of years for the 27-year-old wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. The former New York Giants man arrived in Cleveland with big expectations and a sense of responsibility weighing heavy on his shoulders in 2019. However, things have not gone as planned for the headline-grabbing athlete.
His 2019 season with the Browns was hampered with injuries. He started in 15 games and posted 1035 receiving yards and just four receiving TDs. Beckham made just 74 receptions last season, which were way-off than his career-high of 101 in 2016 while playing for the Giants.
He started in Sunday’s dismal outing against the Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore Ravens. But his impact on the game was minimal. His on-field understanding with quarterback Baker Mayfield is something that the critics have constantly questioned.
It now appears that OBJ could be on the way out of the sinking ship that is the Cleveland Browns.
Radio.com correspondent and reputed NFL reporter, Mike Francesa, dropped a major bomb on Tuesday. He claims that the Cleveland-based franchise are looking to offload Beckham after just one game in the season this year.
Surely, they might wait until at least the halfway stage before making such a drastic decision. But then again, the Browns management hasn’t exactly been efficient at handling such matters in the recent past.
Here’s what under-fire Browns quarterback, Baker Mayfield, said about his teammate after Sunday’s loss.
“I think it takes all 3 of us being on the same page. I think we had some great 1-on-1 opportunities Sunday…just didn’t connect. We’re working on that. We’ll get it fixed,” Mayfield told Keith Britton.
If these rumors are indeed true, there could be some teams who take a chance on the outspoken wide receiver. Two names that have come up in certain reports are that of New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. Kyle Shanahan could do with an experienced wideout like Beckham on his roster.
While Patriots’ coach might also take a gamble and bring in the former LSU man. Head coach Bill Belichick managed to straighten out the eccentric Cam Newton in the offseason.
They could do something similar with Beckham over the course of the season. It will be interesting to see where Odell ends up, that is, if he does decide to leave the Browns in the coming weeks.