Browns official: There’s ‘no way’ team trades Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s first season with the Cleveland Browns has not gone as expected, not by a long shot. In the wake of rumors that surfaced over the weekend suggesting the enigmatic wide receiver already wants out of Cleveland, the Browns have quickly countered such chatter, saying there’s “no way” the team will trade Beckham this coming offseason.
ESPN NFL insider Chris Mortensen relayed during an appearance on “SportsCenter” Monday morning that a Browns official made it clear that the team cutting ties with Beckham is not going to happen.
“[The Browns’ official] laughed at me, basically,” Mortensen said about Beckham possibly being traded this offseason. “He’s not going anywhere.”
FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer was the original source behind the reporting about Beckham’s purported unhappiness with the Browns, relaying on Sunday’s pregame show that the wide receiver is telling opponents “come get me, come get me.” Glazer went on to say he doesn’t “see the relationship ending well” between Beckham and the Browns.
It does merit noting that Beckham arguably invited the speculation about his seemingly shaky future with the Browns by providing a completely ambiguous statement last week on that very subject, saying in part, “No one knows what the future holds tomorrow.”
It was widely expected that Beckham would quickly establish a strong rapport with Baker Mayfield, but such on-field synergy has thus far failed to materialize. On the season, Beckham’s productivity is down, with 59 receptions for 844 yards and only two touchdowns.
The fact that the Browns gave up a bounty to acquire Beckham from the New York Giants — Jabrill Peppers along with first- and third-round picks in the 2019 draft — certainly compels the team to figure things out and avoid a one-and-done scenario.
That said, a player of Beckham’s temperament — not to mention tumultuous history when it comes to such matters — obviously can ultimately force a team’s hand. That’s not to say that’s how things will play out in Cleveland, however.
“Right now, the idea is that they have no plans to trade him,” Mortensen said. “And even if they did, they would get nowhere near the value for him.”