Super Bowl Champ Odell Beckham Jr. Clarifies Reunion Rumors Floating Around Him and This Lombardi-Less Franchise

Published 06/30/2022, 3:02 PM EDT
Dec 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) catches a 7 yard touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sport Credit: Reuters

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. might have cleared all doubts surrounding his plans of returning to his old stomping grounds. The free-agent wideout was battling his temptation of returning to Cleveland in recent months, but reports confirm a cooling of interest. While OBJ won Super Bowl LVI with the Los Angeles Rams, the franchise appears to be waiting on him re-signing.

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With July swiftly approaching, the Browns franchise is short of manpower and star power in their WR room. The availability of OBJ and his familiarity with the roster as a potential signing would have tempted the Browns’ front office. Another attraction towards a return was the Browns acquiring QB Deshaun Watson to their roster. The impending exit of the former teammate and QB Baker Mayfield also set the perfect opportunity.

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While the idea of a reunion in Cleveland was attractive to him, his recent sale of a $3.3 million mansion seems to have slashed those odds. OBJ continues to be an unrestricted free agent waiting on offers from a potential Super Bowl contender for the upcoming season. He continues to recover from his ACL tear injury, as the Rams seem to be patient for him to attain full fitness.

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Last season was especially challenging for the Browns as problems emanated slowly between OBJ and QB Baker Mayfield. It all began with the former’s father calling out the performances of the Browns QB on social media. Odell Beckham Sr. wasn’t happy about Mayfield and his lack of service for his WR1 during games in 2021.

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The reports of toxic relations between the pair were affecting the locker room atmosphere, and the Browns had to take action. Following the restructuring of OBJ’s deal, the franchise proceeded to release him in November 2021.

While the decision saw OBJ win his first Super Bowl championship with the Rams, the Browns missed the NFL playoffs.

Nov 28, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) rushes for a touchdown after catching a pass during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

However, the Browns seem to press ahead as a new NFL season approaches closer in the coming weeks. The 2022 NFL campaign will present a real test for the franchise. They will look for their way back into the playoff picture.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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