Odell Beckham Jr. just may find himself back in Cleveland next year and he has shown signs of wanting to make that happen. He is doing so because he knows Baker Mayfield won’t be the QB there anymore.
The Baker Mayfield era is all but over in Cleveland. The team just needs to find someone to take him off their hands.
In the meantime, ESPN’s Jake Trotter penned an article on Thursday that outlines some of the many factors that got Baker and the Browns where they are right now. It was centered around Odell’s dad posting that infamous Instagram video of Mayfield not throwing to Odell or simply missing him badly down the field.
Plenty of Browns players wanted to see OBJ remain with the team. However, that didn’t happen and the receiver was released, eventually joining the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.
Meanwhile, when asked about the video, one Browns player didn’t mince words.
“After Beckham’s father ripped Mayfield publicly and speculation grew about Beckham being on his way out, multiple players lobbied for Cleveland to keep OBJ on the team.
“I feel like the majority of this locker room would love to have him in this building,” safety John Johnson III said then. “Flat out.”
As one source put it, the way Beckham exited Cleveland “poisoned the well” for Mayfield with some teammates.
Shortly after Browns coach Kevin Stefanski announced Beckham wouldn’t be coming back, another starter was asked if he’d seen the video Beckham Sr. had posted of Mayfield misfiring on throws to his son. “Why would I watch the video?” the player asked rhetorically, according to a source familiar with the remark. “I see it every day in practice.”
Whenever Mayfield finally moves on and finds a new NFL team, you can be sure he’s going to circle the Browns on the schedule. That bad blood between him and the front office won’t be going away anytime soon.