Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t practice for the Browns on Wednesday afternoon and it seems like the Browns are preparing to move on from him.
Coach Kevin Stefanski explained that Beckham and his agents were “discussing a lot of things” with Cleveland. He was mum on whether Beckham had demanded his release but specified that he hadn’t spoken to Beckham in the last 24 hours.
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This comes in the wake of a tumultuous trade deadline day that saw Beckham’s father — Odell Beckham Sr. — criticize Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Instagram for being unable to get the ball to his son.
It’s no secret that Beckham and Mayfield haven’t quite connected during their time together in Cleveland. While Beckham had a 1,035-yard season his first year with the Browns, he has only posted 40 catches for 551 yards in 13 games over two seasons since then. He is averaging just 2.8 catches per game this season and has posted fewer than 27 receiving yards in four of his six appearances.
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All that’s to say it might be time for a fresh start for Beckham, and it may be coming. Sports Illustrated’s Michael Silver reports that Stefanski told his players that Beckham’s time with the team is over.
Earlier today, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski told his players that Odell Beckham Jr. is essentially not on the team right now and that the WR has been told to stay at home.
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) November 3, 2021
That lines up with what Beckham desires. ESPN’s Kimberly A. Martin reported on trade deadline day that Beckham “wants out” of Cleveland and that there were discussions about trading him to the Saints. However, nothing came of them.
I’m told there were discussions re: Odell going to the #Saints — but both sides couldn’t agree on a workable deal, given how much OBJ is owed the rest of the year.
Plus, there still is optimism in the #Browns building that OBJ can be a big part of their second-half playoff push
— KimberLEY A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) November 2, 2021
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It’s unclear what will be next for Beckham. He could be released and if he is, other teams like the Saints and Raiders — as noted by podcaster Jordan Schultz — will have an interest in his services. Beckham doesn’t have any guaranteed money left on his contract after this season, so his long-term cost won’t be an issue.
And maybe Beckham just needs a change of scenery in order to regain the dominant form he once showcased with the Giants.