Odell Beckham reportedly would ‘welcome a return to New York’ in trade to Jets
Odell Beckham Jr.’s seemingly uncertain future with the Cleveland Browns has been the source of significant trade rumors for some time.
Despite being with the Browns for only one season, the belief is that the team would be amenable to moving him if the right offer came along. Not only that, there have been whispers that Beckham may be intrigued by making yet another career move.
Adding fuel to the trade-rumor fire is a report from Kristian Dyer of Sports Illustrated. According to an NFL source, Beckham would view the Jets as an ideal landing spot should the Browns decide to trade him. The source added that while Beckham is not actively petitioning for a trade, a return to New York would be welcomed by the enigmatic wide receiver.
These latest rumors come amid the backdrop of a complete organizational overhaul by the Browns, with Kevin Stefanski replacing Freddie Kitchens at head coach and Andrew Berry filling the GM role available due to the departure of John Dorsey.
The Browns appear inclined to trying to make things work with Beckham, as both Stefanski and Berry both expressed as much during their brief time with the organization. Having said that, it wouldn’t be surprising if both newcomers would at least be receptive to trading a player they had no role in acquiring.
Beckham is coming off a disappointing debut season with the Browns, during which he failed to match the productivity that was common during his tenure with the Giants. While some of the lackluster campaign can be attributable to a sports hernia injury that required offseason surgery, Beckham never seemed to get on the same page with Baker Mayfield.
What’s more, there were times in 2019 that Beckham appeared to be campaigning for a way out of Cleveland amid the team’s underwhelming season.
While a change of scenery could appear attractive to Beckham in that respect, constantly jumping from team to team doesn’t help the wide receiver when it comes to getting acclimated with where he’s at, not to mention who he’s playing with.