As expected, Browns are releasing Odell Beckham Jr.

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It’s over in Cleveland. Where it goes from here remains to be seen.

The Browns have released receiver Odell Beckham Jr. PFT reported on Thursday night that the plan was to make the release happen on Friday.

“After careful consideration, internal discussions and conversations with Odell and his representation, we’ve determined that it is in the best interest of all parties involved that Odell no longer play for the Cleveland Browns,” G.M. Andrew Berry said in a statement released by the team. “We appreciate all his efforts and contributions while in Cleveland, but we’ve just reached a point where it is best that we move forward as a team without Odell. We are finalizing the process of granting Odell his release and we wish him well as he continues his career.”

Because the transaction is occurring after the trade deadline, Beckham must pass through waivers.

The two sides are believed to have agreed on a revised contract that presumably limits the team’s financial obligation to Beckham and/or spreads some of the cap burden to future years by converting some of the salary into a signing bonus. The negotiations undoubtedly tried to find a sweet spot that would reduce Beckham’s pay from Cleveland in order to allow him to get his wish to play elsewhere. At some point, however, the remaining salary becomes sufficiently low to entice a team to claim Beckham on waivers. Perhaps a team for which Beckham doesn’t want to play.

One way to avoid that outcome would be, as someone far smarter than me (it’s a low bar) pointed out last night, to insert significant per-game roster bonuses into the revised contract. This would dissuade a team from claiming the contract while also limiting Cleveland’s total payment to Beckham.

It will be interesting to see the terms of the revised deal, and then it will be interesting to see whether someone claims Beckham.

52 responses to “As expected, Browns are releasing Odell Beckham Jr.

  1. Whatever team he ends up with next will be VERY excited by the hype video that is undoubtedly already in preproduction. That excitement will eventually wain, however, when he proves to be just an older, less explosive, less sure-handed version of himself. He is a selfish and carefully inconspicuous cancer to the team. Congrats, Cleveland. You’e a better TEAM without him. #additionBYsubtraction #GoodRiddance!

  2. No sympathy for Cleveland. They could’ve either traded him or actually thrown him the ball occasionally. I’ll bet Odell thrives on his next team.

  3. 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.

  4. He’s a far bigger headache than his highly questionable talent is worth. Not nearly enough production or simply time on the field to justify his cap number or unending bitching & moaning.

  5. bring him home! payton can coach/knock all the nonsense out of him just like he did shockey.

  6. My condolences to the fans of whatever team picks him up next as it’s now your turn to deal with the “why is O’dell only getting 95% of the passes thrown his way during the 3 games he’s healthy every year instead of 99.9%” discussion that Browns fans have had to live with from the media the last season and a half and Giants fans had to deal with for nearly 5 years.

    The Browns went from one of the biggest jokes in the league to a superbowl contender and that got ignored and overshadowed because of one receivers feelings being hurt.

  7. good. If you are not going to make him focal point of your offense, then let him go elsewhere. This will continue to be a reason why I hate how sport contracts are done. I couldn’t imagine been stuck working for a company that didn’t see me as part of the future of their team but still wouldn’t allow me to go elsewhere. Baker is an average QB at best, doesn’t matter how much talent you put around him.

  8. Well the saints can certainly scheme him open. He has not had that in years. No matter the qb in New Orleans the play caller is the best fit.

  9. If Beckham had the Browns checkmated, as Florio earlier stated, what would Beckham’s incentive be to agree to ANY revised deal with Cleveland?

  10. And now he’ll become the problem child for some other team whose internally perceived needs outweigh their common sense.

  11. Someone is going to pick him up. Like “gruden grinder” suggests, the Raiders seem to have a perfect spot open for him. Although, the Raiders may be facing in the Ruggs situation a Plax 2008 scenario and bringing in OBJ probably will not help the vibes there.

    I am sure that his agent/managers are busy telling teams, “Hey look how good AB has been down in TB with TB12? OBJ can be that for YOUR team!”

    But while AB might be a headcase, he is a fanatic about football and his work ethic is unquestioned. Can the same be said about OBJ since coming back from his injury (or even before it)?

    He’s forced his way off two teams.

    So far.

  12. Okay now we’ll hopefully get to see whether Odell’s skills have indeed fallen off a cliff, or whether Baker and the Cleveland coaching staff were the problem. He was stellar with the Giants. If he can get back to that form or close to it, then Cleveland was the problem. If not, then Odell truly is a shell of his former self. I’m hoping it’s the former, because the guy was a hell of a fun player to watch in his Giants days.

  13. About the only team I could find that might be willing/able/wanting to claim him off waivers that he would actually consider playing for would be the Seahawks. I could see OBJ wanting to play with Wilson and he’ll be coming off IR fairly soon. Seattle could also use a WR right now, they have salary cap space, and they’re actually fairly high in the waiver order.

  14. Not a fan of OBJ AND NOT a hater of the Browns but the problem is QB,I liked Baker coming out of college and wished at the time my Bills had a chance to draft him But now I’m So Happy that Cleveland grabbed him first!!! ..Cleveland has a Dominant O Line and D line, running game ..with that u could have a mediocre Qb and win but Baker isn’t even that,a lot of talent being wasted there because Cleveland drafted the wrong Qb Again.. imagine the Browns with My teams Josh Allen!!!

  15. octavian says:
    November 5, 2021 at 10:16 am
    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.
    _________

    Perhaps the Saints were not interested.

  16. I think OBJ is totally washed..

    But Doesn’t it have that feel as if Cleveland is headed right back into the outhouse again the next few seasons ??

  17. What happens if OBJ goes somewhere else and does well? What other excuses will Baker and the Browns have for underachieving? First it was Hue Jackson, then it was Freddie Kitchens and now it’s OBJ.

  18. john baxter says:
    November 5, 2021 at 10:27 am
    good. If you are not going to make him focal point of your offense, then let him go elsewhere. This will continue to be a reason why I hate how sport contracts are done. I couldn’t imagine been stuck working for a company that didn’t see me as part of the future of their team but still wouldn’t allow me to go elsewhere. Baker is an average QB at best, doesn’t matter how much talent you put around him.
    __________

    Beckham is being allowed to go elsewhere, he wasn’t stuck at all.

  19. patswillreign says:
    November 5, 2021 at 12:09 pm
    Happy Birthday OBJ…literally
    ————
    That explains his immaturity….oh, you mean it’s his birthday anniversary? Never mind.

  20. I know Cleveland fans hate too admit it BUT Cleveland drafted the Wrong Qb Again.. imagine if they had Allen or Jackson.. or waited another year and gotten Burrow.. if Cleveland signs Baker they have a Broken down mediocre Qb at best for next 5 years ,if they let him walk then their starting over Again..Drafted the wrong QB Again..Truth hurts Dogpound..Imagine a Josh Allen with that OLine and running game!!!and group of receivers..

  21. Nobody will claim him even with any cap magic they try to perform. Bad attitude and his legs are done.

  22. I’m not a fan of his but that said, how can you blame him for not wanting to destroy his career in Cleveland. Mayfield obviously does not like throwing to him as evidenced by his constantly throwing to covered receivers when Beckham is open.
    Of course that might also be because Mayfield is an average QB the Browns are trying to make look like a franchise QB.Sort of what the Jets are going to have to confront eventually with Zach Wilson.
    People just never learn, admit your mistake and move on. That is what Arizona did with Josh Rosen and they ended up with Kyler Murray. Imagine if they would have passed on Murray! These GMs just won’t say I was wrong for fear od losing their job.
    Mayfield is just not very good, the tape does not lie.Beckham is a crybaby but in this case he has reason to cry. He’ll play well somewhere else until he get injured again. Maybe by the 4th quarter of his first game.

  23. Reading these comments I’m amazed there are people who think he’s still good. Didn’t know there were that many fans who gave up watching games back in 2016.

  24. Now that he is gone I can say it. As a Steelers fan I feared Peoples-Jones much more than OBJ. Peoples-Jones is a harder worker and fights for the 50/50 balls better and gets to his spot and works better with Mayfield than OBJ ever did. True statement

  25. Go to Green Bay! OBJ & Rodgers seem to both have overinflated opinions of themselves. Should work out well!

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