Browns should trade Odell Beckham Jr.

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It’s something that’s been said on our Peacock platforms throughout the week, and it’s something I’ve reiterated on various radio stations. Before the Browns and Bengals play tonight in Cleveland, let’s underscore the point.

The Browns should trade Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham and the Browns don’t fit. They never have. More specifically, he doesn’t click with quarterback Baker Mayfield. Instead of continuing to force something that won’t happen naturally (if it ever were going to happen, it would have by now), the Browns should simply get what they can for Beckham and move on.

The trade that brought Beckham to Cleveland arguably became the moment the bubble burst on the belief that the Browns were destined for great things. It was all positive when Beckham showed up for the start of the 2019 offseason program. Then, he stopped showing up. And Beckham and Mayfield lost the opportunity to develop the kind of natural chemistry that plays out during games.

Then came the 2019 season, which featured too much of a concentrated effort to get the ball to Beckham, too much frustration when it didn’t happen, and too much talk about making it happen. Mayfield should be allowed to run the offense and throw the ball to the open man; he shouldn’t be expected to force the ball to Beckham on plays when Beckham is taken away.

So what transpired in 2019 continues into 2020: Teams take Beckham away earlier, knowing that it will create frustration for Beckham and disrupt the rhythm of the offense.

Against the Ravens in Week One, Beckham simply wasn’t very good. He drew a stupid 15-yard penalty when grabbing the face mask of a defender after a screen pass that went nowhere. He semi-alligator armed a chance to catch a deflected pass with multiple Ravens in the immediate vicinity. And then he dropped a key third-down reception while the Browns were still very much in the game, either because he was running with the ball before catching it or because he was bracing for potential contact or some of both.

Regardless, it’s not working. There’s now more than enough evidence to conclude that it’s not working. In the offseason, the Browns reportedly talked to the Vikings about a trade. Although the Vikings don’t need him now after taking a receiver in round one, the Browns should resume looking for a trade partner.

The Patriots make the most sense, primarily because Beckham has made it pretty clear in the past that that’s where he wants to be. (He may feel differently after getting a taste of the Patriot Way.) Now that Cam Newton has replaced Tom Brady, Beckham may be even more intrigued about making the move.

Could things change tonight? Sure. But after seeing the Cincinnati defensive backs swarm around the Chargers’ receivers on Sunday — and after seeing Bengals safety Justin Bates III bring the wood on multiple occasions that will drain his wallet — it’s more likely that Beckham once again will be neutralized, and that if the Browns win it won’t happen because of his contributions but despite them.

29 responses to “Browns should trade Odell Beckham Jr.

  1. Why would Newton intrigue OBJ more than Brady? If Beckham isnt happy when the ball is being force to him, why would he be happy in an offense centered around the qb not passing BUT running the ball.

  2. “The Patriots make the most sense, primarily because Beckham has made it pretty clear in the past that that’s where he wants to be.”

    His contract is good for 3 more seasons after this one with a cap hit of $15 million per year. Does anybody see the Patriots taking on that sort of contract? But you know somebody who probably would roll the dice on that sort of deal? Bill O’Brien and the Texans. They have no #1 receiver and BOB has got to be starting to realize he’s on the hot seat.

  3. As a Giants fan I can tell you, OBJ is not nearly as good as he thinks he is. Lot of holes in his game. And he lost a step.

  4. I’ve been saying this for weeks, before the season even started. Pawn him off on some poor sap team who needs a WR…. like the Jets!

  5. If they struggle tonight, Mayfield need benched and start Keenum and see if Beckham still struggles. If he doesn’t, then mayfield is your problem.

  6. I’d take a 4th and a conditional 6th for Beckham but they have to take Johnny Mayfield.

  7. The team that makes sense is Baltimore. He’s the kind of presence who could help free up Hollywood and Andrews in the middle, open up the running game more, and probably provide some big plays. They are lacking at outside receiver. They are a team clearly in win-now mode. But it will never happen in-division.

  8. The contract is going to cause this to never be a trade unless he restructures it.
    Nobody thinks he is a 15M a season WR.

  9. Almost certainly going to have to redo that deal and the Browns won’t get nowhere near what they gave up. They should have traded him this past off-season.

  10. I remember just 2 short years ago we were arguing over who was the best receiver in the NFL. AB or OBJ.

  11. guy has already majority burned bridges with two teams, complains all the time, can’t get along with coaches or teammates, is always demanding a new contract, and is generally just a miserable malcontent. nobody is going to give up much for this guy any more, maybe a fourth….

  12. Don’t like his attitude but can you imagine him opposite Davante Adams in Green Bay with Rodger throwing?

  13. What the Browns should do is trade Baker and sign Kaepernick. He can’t play any worse than Baker and then everyone could stop talking about him and maybe it turns out great. But I would rather see if I can get the best of Beckham’s talent irather than continue with Baker that lacks elite talent.

  14. For all the criticism OBJ is taking, he was a 1000 yard receiver with an average of 14 yards a catch last season. So he has not developed the chemistry with Mayfield and is still putting up those kind of numbers? I’ll take that for another 3 years at 15 mill per. The WR market has blown up to the point good number twos like Cooper Kupp are making more than that. Say what you will about OBJ’s attitude and not producing like he did in NY, but he is well worth his contract and could be a major bargain if you get somewhere with a strong leader at QB.

  15. Good to see the Factory of sadness hasn’t been affected by current events. 100% production of sadness…

  16. Who in the world would be dumb enough to trade for OBJ? It’s likely nobody else wanted him when the Giants wanted to get rid of him, especially with that contract. He still has ~$45M left on the remaining three years of his contract. I can’t imagine anyone is interested in taking on that contract.

    I think the more likely thing that will happen is they will simply cut him at the end of the season. Since none of the rest of his contract past 2020 is guaranteed there will be zero dead money and they will save $15.75M of the cap.

    If OBJ were smart he’d realize that and would use this season as an audition tape for his next team. However, he can kiss away that remaining ~$45M of his deal.

  17. Nobody wants to take on a contract for a guy who’s antics, dedication and production doesn’t match. Cleveland is stuck with that dude.

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