Browns plan to release Odell Beckham Jr. on Friday

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The key word in this is “plan,” because plans can always change. As Thursday night comes to a conclusion, however, we’re told that the Browns currently plan to release receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Friday.

The move is expected to be accompanied by a revised contract that reduces the team’s obligation to pay Beckham, if he’s not claimed on waivers and becomes eligible for the balance of his salary termination pay. The challenge for Beckham becomes not making the reduced salary so low that someone claims the contract on waivers.

If/when he clears waivers, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any team.

Because he was on the Cleveland roster as of Tuesday, he’ll get paid by the Browns for this week. As soon as next week, he could be on a new team.

The week began with the Browns hoping to get Beckham more involved in the offense. On Tuesday, an apparently orchestrated social-media campaign began, with his father posting a video of the various instances when Beckham was open and quarterback Baker Mayfield to get him the ball. Then, Cleveland icon Lebron James tweeted “#FreeOBJ.” Trade talks with the Saints went nowhere.

It became obvious on Wednesday that Beckham won’t play again for the Browns. Coach Kevin Stefanski reportedly told the team that Beckham no longer would be part of it, and Stefanski didn’t deny it when asked whether the report was true. The team excused Beckham from practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

49 responses to “Browns plan to release Odell Beckham Jr. on Friday

  1. Finally some great news the Browns are clearly a much better team now anytime you get rid of a cancer it’s time to rejoyce.

  2. What a total dweeb. If Desean Jackson didn’t get claimed on waivers there’s no chance this guy does.

  3. You hate to see this guy get rewarded but the Browns are better off.

    Here’s to hoping he gets claimed by Detroit, Houston or Miami.

  4. OBJ is NOT the problem with the Browns. OBJ did not lose to the Steelers. OBJ did not lose to the Cards. OBJ did not lose to the Chiefs. OBJ did not lose to the Chargers. OBJ did not make ill-advised futile 4th down attempts. OBJ did not pass up field goals and leave points on the field. OBJ did not call offensive plays that the defense absolutely anticipated. OBJ did not fail to throw to open receivers time and again.

  5. Kevin Stefanski Nov.1: “I need to do a better job of getting Odell Beckham Jr. involved”

    Kevin Stefanski Nov.5: Odell Beckham Jr. is not on the team.

    Way to go getting OBJ more involved, coach.

  6. FREE OBJ! Can’t wait to see Odell get back to form when he has a real NFL quarterback. Baker reminds me of Uncle Rico.

  7. Browns gotta do some bahind the scenes magic to get the Lions to claim him. That would be awesome.

  8. Oh please please please let the Jaguars or Lions claim him on waivers. Come on karma do your magic.

  9. FREE OBJ! Browns about to look silly again. Eventually they’ll realize that Baker is a bum.

  10. Why is it that LeBron James is always in the center of others business????? I know Cleveland and all but come on man…

  11. I get a kick out of all these Brown’s fans that are thankful hes gone. You have a below average quarterback with all these weapons and He can’t get the offense to score, all he does is shoot himself in the foot. Here’s hoping the Browns sign him to a huge deal so they can cap themselves out. Pittsburgh should grab him. But seriously, you let the wrong guy go.

  12. Why are they concerned about redoing his contract in such a way that he won’t get claimed on waivers. Reduce his salary to whatever they agree to, and put a roster bonus in there for $50m if he’s on the roster on whatever date. Problem solved.

  13. For years the Browns were among the very worst teams. They finally, after many attempts, brought in a top notch management team. They’ve turned into one of the best teams in the league. It’s so sad that so much attention gets diverted away from that, and so much attention gets focused on one player, and that player has had zero to do with the turnaround. Maybe that’s a reflection on where we are as a society. That’s on us people. We’re the ones who consume the news, and the media just gives us what we crave. LeBron, I love you, but this is why you should have gone to college. Billions of dollars can’t buy smarts.

  14. I see Vegas has the Bills as the 4th most likely team to sign OBJ. Save your money…..the Bills’ brass would NEVER sign a guy with this type of character.

  15. Anyone know why he would be subject to waivers? I thought a player with more than 4 accrued seasons (i.e. 6 or more games on a roster) is released nd becomes a free agent immediately. ODB has 7 seasons that meet that criteria, including this one.

  16. Baker Mayfield is 6-22 against teams with a inning record since entering the league. 6 and 22. If you guys thinking getting rid of OBJ will fix the Browns good luck. Mayfield is an average to below average QB at best. He’s barely in the Top 25 list (he’s a towards the bottom) based on QB ratings this year and seems to be declining each week. I agree Beckham needs to go, but at some point the Browns need to think about getting a new QB.

  17. Why is Baker getting away as if none of this is HIS fault?
    PREDICTION: Baker will be gone by next year as well and the Browns QB WILL BE Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, or Deshaun Watson.

  18. I’m not sure I’ve experienced a more anti-climatic experience in my life than the trade for OBJ.

  19. 2006ravensd says:
    November 4, 2021 at 11:39 pm
    What a total dweeb. If Desean Jackson didn’t get claimed on waivers there’s no chance this guy does.
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    OBJ (today) > Desean Jackson (today) and it’s not even close

  20. Nope they are making it to where he doesn’t get claimed by certain teams. Leaving him a bit too expensive.

    They would not mind him in the NFC. They should have made that saints trade work. No matter what it was it is certainly better than the nothing and super distraction he is now.

  21. Why would a general manager want to bring in a locker room cancer?

    I could see signing him for the veterans minimum with high incentives.

    And if he runs his mouth you could cut him and owe almost nothing

  22. The issue really is baker. He throws high and endangers receivers by double clutching and telegraphing where he’s going with the ball. Safeties will kill whoever he throws to. Baker is a bad, one read QB and not worth his extracurricular social media or his wife’s social media activities either. Browns need a real QB that knows how to hit open receivers. Accurately.

  23. A hundred dollars says he somehow lands with the Chiefs. A team who attracts a humble self aware player like himself. 🙂

  24. Nobody is going to pay his salary so there is 0 chance anybody claims him. He’s finished. Nothing but veteran minimum for this guy from here On out.

  25. He pulled the diva WR crap when he first got here, and he got told to knock it off, which he did.

    Now he’s quitting but it’s other people speaking for him to have the right to leave. He’s not starting fights at practice, blowing up to the media…he is leaving but he’s not being toxic doing it. Antonio, TO, these guys threw fits and threw punches. Give OBJ a little respect here.

  26. Whatever team he ends up with will be excited by the hype video that is already in preproduction. That excitement will eventually wain, however, when he proves that he is just an older, less explosive, less sure-handed version of himself; a selfish and carefully inconspicuous cancer to the team.

  27. bobdevo says:
    November 5, 2021 at 6:02 am
    OBJ is NOT the problem with the Browns. OBJ did not lose to the Steelers. OBJ did not lose to the Cards. OBJ did not lose to the Chiefs. OBJ did not lose to the Chargers. OBJ did not make ill-advised futile 4th down attempts. OBJ did not pass up field goals and leave points on the field. OBJ did not call offensive plays that the defense absolutely anticipated. OBJ did not fail to throw to open receivers time and again.
    ————
    If I’m understanding you correctly, your saying OBJ did nothing. And you are absolutely right.

  28. Should have done the deal with the Saints for a 6th round pick and 90% of his remaining salary paid. At least the Brown would have gotten something out it.

  29. The Raiders should pick him up on waivers. Then sign him to their practice squad until he reworks his contract and checks his attitude.

  30. Stats don’t lie. OBJ has actually been Bakers #1 target in 3 of the Browns last 5 games. When OBJ is the focal point, the offense is horrible. One of the two games OBJ wasn’t the number one target was vs the Chargers and they put up 42 points. OBJ’s dad happily pointed out Baker missing his son being open yet ignored the many more throws to his son when clearly other players had no one in the same zip code as them to keep him from crying about touches.

    The Browns when OBJ is on the team care more about his numbers than winning and he (and his enablers) still cry. I’m sure Browns fans will be very happy to have this last error of the Freddie Kitchens/John Dorsey era gone.

    With that being said maybe the Lions will claim him now that Dorsey is there. Reality is through subtraction the team that made the playoffs last season and had no issues scoring the first few games of the season while OBJ was “healing and didn’t feel comfortable playing” will be in-tact again without the distraction.

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