Browns, Vikings reportedly engaged in Odell Beckham Jr. trade talks
Odell Beckham Jr.’s name has been a source of trade speculation going back to last season, and the most recent chatter involving the enigmatic Cleveland Browns wide receiver revolved around a potential deal with the Minnesota Vikings.
Marc Malusis of WFAN New York Radio reported on Wednesday that the Browns and Vikings are presently engaged in Beckham trade talks, with an exchange of draft picks being the capital Cleveland would receive in return.
So, as I reported this morning on @MandMWFAN, Source has told me that the Browns and Vikings are in discussions on a trade that would send @obj to the Vikings for a 2nd and 5th round pick next year. Trade is not done, but the deal is being discussed.— Moose™ (@MarcMalusis) April 15, 2020
There have been some whispers this offseason that the Browns would at least consider trading Beckham, who was believed to be open to moving on from Cleveland after only one relatively underwhelming season with the team.
With every new round of speculation, however, another report seemed to surface suggesting that the team was not inclined to deal the superstar wideout.
The Vikings, meanwhile, have a void at wide receiver after dealing the disgruntled Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills last month. The team has no shortage of draft capital, though, meaning the reported terms of a second- and a fifth-round pick certainly would be doable from the Vikings’ perspective.
On the other hand, the 2020 NFL Draft class is loaded at the wide receiver position, so the Vikings conceivably could seek to replace Diggs in that manner.
What a potential deal between the Vikings and Browns involving Beckham will presumably boil down to is whether Minnesota wants to risk bringing in a potential locker room liability in Beckham, and whether Cleveland has indeed already had its fill with a mercurial superstar who caused some headaches for team brass last season.