Kevin Stefanski on Odell Beckham Jr.: I’m excited to get him back here

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There’s been plenty of speculation that the Browns may try to move on from Odell Beckham Jr. during the offseason.

The Browns did finish 2020 11-5 and won a playoff game after the wide receiver tore his ACL in Week 7.

But in his season-ending press conference, Kevin Stefanski didn’t sound like a head coach eager to part with Beckham.

“I texted with him this morning. I know he’s working really hard to get better in his rehab. I’m excited to get him back here,” Stefanski said on Monday. “I know it was not easy for him being away from his teammates, especially as these games got bigger and into the playoffs. I know he definitely wanted to be a part of it.”

Beckham caught 23 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns in his second season with the Browns. But his most explosive play was a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of Cleveland’s 49-38 victory over Dallas in Week 4. That was Beckham’s only game with more than 100 yards from scrimmage.

10 responses to “Kevin Stefanski on Odell Beckham Jr.: I’m excited to get him back here

  1. His contract is guaranteed for this year. Unless you can get a good draft pick for him makes the most sense to bring him back. Not the most likable person but can help out when healthy and as far as I can tell not much of a distraction as of late.

  2. BuckyBadger says:

    His contract is guaranteed for this year. Unless you can get a good draft pick for him makes the most sense to bring him back. Not the most likable person but can help out when healthy and as far as I can tell not much of a distraction as of late.

    From what it looks like $12.79M of his contract becomes guaranteed on March 21st. They can cut him without any cap ramifications. I suspect they might try to trade him in the off-season and just take whatever they can get for him and save the $15.75M in cap space. They could use that because as it stands they have over $181M committed on next year’s cap. If the cap is going to be reduced to $175M next year, that’s a problem. Something tells me OBJ will be cut and will have a hard time finding anyone willing to pay him what his original salary would have been.

  3. Beckham would always say he wasn’t complaining because he wanted the ball more he complained because his teams weren’t winning and he felt he could help them do that with the ball in his hands (in other words if his teams weren’t losing he’d be ok with a background role).

    Hopefully during this time off he had time to reflect on his behavior and see that he was the cause of a lot of the Browns early issues including the play that lead to his injury due to demanding he get the ball as much as possible. Nick Chubb and Jarvis Landry never made demands and were happy to share the work with others and the team was one play away from the AFC title game with them as the offensive leaders.

    If he gets his head straight the Browns are heavy super bowl favorites next season especially since they nearly beat KC without him.

  4. There’s 2 games we simply would NOT have won without him, Dallas being the one mentioned here but also the first Bengals game. The Dallas game was pretty much singlehandedly fetched from the L column by Odell. Watch the game, it’s a plain fact. So we would have ended 8-8, squarely out of the playoffs had he not been on the roster.

    People like to say we’re better without him like he was a ball demanding negative. But I think the rest of the team, and Baker specifically, just needed to learn to win without him. He comes back and fills a different role than the one he left when he got injured. It’s a reduced role but he’s still a great talent and not nearly the diva everyone off his team loves to paint him as. He’s actually a great teammate and it’s telling that everyone on the team wants him back. The only people looking to “move on” are all the Cleveland haters. So I for one can’t wait until he’s back in the fold.

  5. Package up OBJ and Myles Garrett and get a bunch of high quality players/picks that are team players.

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