Odell Beckham could be on his way out of Cleveland

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New York Post 14 October, 2021 - 10:59am

Odell Beckham Jr. Rumors: Browns Could Move On from WR in 2022; Not on Trade Block

Bleacher Report 14 October, 2021 - 06:33pm

The Cleveland Browns could reportedly move on from wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. following the 2021 NFL season.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported Thursday that Beckham's name hasn't popped up on the trade block ahead of the Nov. 2 deadline, but there are "signs pointing toward" the front office trading or releasing him during the offseason.

Beckham was one of the NFL's most explosive playmakers across his first three seasons with the New York Giants from 2014 through 2016. He compiled 288 catches for 4,122 yards and 35 touchdowns while earning three straight Pro Bowl selections.

He suffered a fractured ankle in 2017, and while he topped 1,000 yards with New York in 2018 and Cleveland in 2019, he's never returned to the upper echelon of receivers. Further complicating matters is a torn ACL he suffered last season.

The 28-year-old LSU product missed the first two games of the current campaign while completing his recovery from that knee injury. In three contests since his return, he's registered nine catches for 124 yards and no touchdowns.

Sunday's clash with the Los Angeles Chargers seemed like the perfect chance for a breakout game. Fellow wideout Jarvis Landry was out with injury, and Cleveland put up 42 points in a shootout with the high-powered Bolts. But OBJ finished with just two catches on three targets.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski was asked about Beckham's lack of involvement in a game where the team ran 68 plays and totaled 531 yards of offense.

It doesn't sound like the Browns are looking to move him before the trade deadline. They have Super Bowl-level expectations, so trading a playmaker—even one who is underperforming—for future assets would come with risk.

Beckham is under contract through 2023 as part of a five-year, $90 million deal, and Cleveland can move him without leaving any dead cap space in the offseason, which would create $15 million in savings.

Barring a significant uptick in production, the Browns may see what offers they receive for him in the offseason. A change of scenery at that point could be good for everyone involved.

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Four Trade Destinations For Odell Beckham Jr.

The Big Lead 14 October, 2021 - 06:33pm

The receiver's injury history, price tag, and chemistry with Mayfield all play a role in the latest report from The Athletic that suggests the Browns will move on from Beckham Jr. this offseason. Per Jeff Howe:

But! If things continue to go downhill for Beckham and the Browns, Cleveland could very well decide to just move on and get something while they can. If they do go that route, here are four possible destinations.

The Patriots dropped big money to bolster their pass-catching corps this offseason but didn't invest in any above-average wide receivers. The early returns on 2021 show that a player who can get separation outside the hash marks would be immensely valuable to Mac Jones, and so they'd have to look into this. New England doesn't have a lot of cap room but trading for OBJ this season would help mitigate that for the same reasons the Browns aren't under pressure to trade the receiver mentioned above. The Patriots don't have a ton to offer in terms of young talent but would be more willing to part with a higher draft pick considering Bill Belichick's win-now mandate. However, if Belichick wanted to pull one of his old tricks and move on from a good player who he doesn't want to give a big contract, J.C. Jackson for OBJ could definitely be in the cards. Jackson is an elite cornerback who will be an unrestricted free agent next year and would represent an incredible haul in exchange for OBJ's services.

The Saints have their own big-money wideout they aren't terribly happy with right now in the form of Michael Thomas. Thomas is a pass-catching machine but missed a chunk of last season with an injury and ended up on the IR to start this season because he opted to get surgery later than the Saints advised. In terms of on-field production, Thomas is a better player than OBJ. But the former comes with his limitations and Sean Payton may decide he's better off with Beckham's big-play ability and clean slate rather than going through another year of Thomas controversy.

The Lions are in no way, shape, or form a win-now team. Trading for OBJ is a win-now move. But it's hard to pick anyone other than Detroit when thinking about who needs receiver help the most. The Lions have the worst wideout room in the league and it is not even close. They also have a few extra draft picks from the Matthew Stafford trade. It appears the Lions want to be somewhat competitve while they work to find their quarterback of the future but they cannot do that with a receiving corps currently led by Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond. If Cleveland is looking to get something in return for OBJ instead of cutting him outright this summer, the Lions are a possible partner.

The Eagles have struggled to win games this season in part because of their lack of talent at receiver. It isn't as bad as it was, say, last year, but things still are not great. Philly is committed to Jalen Hurts and the young QB is doing everything he can but it hasn't been enough so far. Bringing in OBJ to pair with DeVonta Smith would make for an elite tandem and OBJ feels like the kind of athlete that would thrive in the city under the right circumstances. Plus, a return to the NFC East would be a fun full-circle moment. If the Eagles really feel like they can compete for the division title this year, this is a trade they look into.

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