New Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry made some eyebrows raise this week when he stated that the team will listen to any offers made for wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.
“I won’t discuss any specific player in terms of trade opportunities, trade calls or anything like that,’’ Berry said when specifically asked about Beckham, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “I did work under probably the strongest wheeler-dealer in the league under [Eagles GM] Howie Roseman and it’s something that you always pick up the phone and you listen to anything across the table.
“A lot of trade talk ends up being hollow across the NFL anyway. But again, we’re going to exploit any opportunity to improve the roster through any means necessary.’’
Berry, however, did state they “view him as part of our future.”
“Odell’s a very talented football player,” Berry said. “We view him as part of our future. Kevin and I both have had really good conversations about our expectations for him and we expect him to adapt to those moving forward. We’re excited about the future with Odell, excited about what he’s going to do this fall.”
Odell’s name has been the subject of trade rumors ever since reports stated in 2019 that he was telling opposing coaches and players to “come get me.”
Beckham is likely to remain in Cleveland for at least one more year, unless the team starts losing again and the franchise would want some good pieces and draft picks back for the all-pro WR.
The 27-year-old, who battled injuries in 2019, only caught 74 passes for 1,035 yards receiving and four touchdowns.