Once upon a time, Odell Beckham Jr. was the dynamic wide receiver in the entire National Football League, and then he got traded to the Cleveland Browns and has yet to recapture the magic he had with the New York Giants.
Heading into 2021, Beckham is looking to return to his 2018-19 form. That might end up happening elsewhere very soon.
A trade rumor has the Browns sending him to the Chicago Bears which would bring veteran defensive end Akiem Hicks to Cleveland, helping fortify the interior of the defensive line for the Browns. The deal was proposed in a recent article from Bleacher Report and writer Brad Gannon said the Browns would “be silly” not to make it happen.
“Y’all are going to say the Cleveland Browns aren’t trading Beckham and the Chicago Bears aren’t trading Hicks. Fine, but this is a deal the Browns would be silly not to make if the Bears were game. They were extremely successful without Beckham down the stretch last season, and they could desperately use more help in the interior defensive line.”
Odell is coming off a torn ACL, but is expected to be 100% before the start of the 2021 season.
Last season with the Cleveland Browns, the former LSU Tiger played in his fewest games since being traded from New York. His season was limited to just seven games while catching 23 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns. His lowest output across the board since the 2017 season where he appeared in just four games.
Hicks played in 15 games with the Bears last season, notching 49 tackles and 3.5 sacks.