The Odell Beckham Jr. trade to the Cleveland Browns has not worked out in the way the team thought it would when the Giants traded Beckham to them in 2019 for the No. 17 overall pick, their second third-round pick and S Jabrill Peppers.
Odell Beckham Jr., who missed the first two games of the season, is once again struggling to carve out a leading role in the team’s offense. He has just nine catches for 124 yards and no touchdowns in three appearances.
Beckham wants to be more than a decoy for Cleveland, but he is happy to be playing for a potential Super Bowl contender.
“I can’t sit there and lie like I don’t want the ball,” Beckham said Thursday on 92.7 The Fan. “I feel like I’m a shooter (in basketball). I know I bring a lot of attention to defenses and other people are going to be open. You just have to live with that.
“The ultimate goal is to win the championship, and I feel like I’m in a great situation to do that. My main focus was to be healthy, stay healthy, get through a season.”
According to Jeff Howe of the Athletic, 2021 could be the final season in Cleveland for the former all-pro WR. Beckham is under contract through 2023 but he has no more guarantees remaining on his deal after this year.
Beckham has struggled to build chemistry with QB Baker Mayfield and has four catches total in the last two games.
Browns reporter Mary Kay Cabot also believes it’s time for the team to at least consider moving on from Beckham before the Nov. 2 trade deadline.
“It’s not that Beckham, who will turn 29 next month, isn’t still the superstar receiver who makes eye-popping catches and can produce 1,000-yard seasons,” Cabot wrote, via Cleveland.com. “It’s just that it’s not happening here and it might never.”
Despite the disconnect, the team is 3-2 and tied for 2nd place in the AFC North.