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Seahawks’ Pete Carroll drops big Odell Beckham hint

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

The Seattle Seahawks have been heavily linked to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Coach Pete Carroll’s comments on Monday won’t do much to quiet that speculation.

Carroll was asked if the Seahawks had interest in Beckham and planned to put in a claim. The coach said everyone would “have to wait and see” but that the team was “aware of what’s going on and we’ve been involved to understand it and compete.”

The conclusion of Carroll’s statement may have been the most telling.

“So, I didn’t say yes or I didn’t say no. That’s just cause…you’ll see,” Carroll said, smiling.

That’s a pretty surprising admission. One would think that Carroll wouldn’t go out of his way to say it’s not a no unless the Seahawks were genuinely interested. We’ve heard that Beckham is also interested, and Russell Wilson wants to make it happen too.

The Seahawks could absorb Beckham’s cap hit if they claimed him on waivers, or they could hope he passes through and simply sign him themselves. Either way, Beckham landing in Seattle sounds very plausible. Carroll is only going to encourage that thinking with comments like these.

Photo: Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Are Patriots a possibility for Odell Beckham Jr.?

Odell Beckham after a game

Odell Beckham Jr. will soon learn where he will be playing for the rest of the NFL season. Could he end up on a surprising AFC team? That’s what one informed NFL reporter thinks.

Adam Schefter was talking on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” prior to the Monday night game between the Bears and Steelers. Schefter mentioned the Saints and Seahawks as possibilities for Beckham. Those teams are not surprising based on what we have heard.

But Schefter added another team to the mix that is surprising: the New England Patriots. Yes, Schefter said New England could be a possibility for Beckham.

Schefter based his mention of the Patriots on Bill Belichick’s history of bringing in troubled players and having success with them.

Though the Pats have brought in checkered receivers in the past like Randy Moss, Chad Johnson and Antonio Brown to name a few, we think this situation is different.

The Patriots had Tom Brady during the times when they added all those players. Now, they have a rookie quarterback in Mac Jones. That’s a big difference.

Would New England risk bringing in a dominant personality like Beckham to influence Jones? That’s a tough question. Baker Mayfield, who is young, had some issues with Beckham on the field. An older, more established quarterback who can handle someone like Beckham would probably be best for the receiver. That’s why one NFC team seems to make the most sense.

Photo: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returns to MetLife Stadium for the first time since he was traded by the New York Giants. The New York Jets lose to the Cleveland Browns, 23-3, in NFL Week 2 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford. Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com, North Jersey Record via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Report: Russell Wilson wants Seahawks to sign Odell Beckham Jr.

Russell Wilson

Odell Beckham Jr. wants to join a contender, and a Super Bowl-winning quarterback may be working behind the scenes to help make that happen.

Mike Jones of USA TODAY reported Sunday that the Seattle Seahawks have strong interest in acquiring Beckham and have done extensive research on him in recent days. Jones adds that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has urged Seahawks brass to sign the former All-Pro receiver.

The Seahawks, who are 3-5 this year, are currently on their bye week. They already have star receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, but their depth at the position drops off after that. Meanwhile, Wilson continues to recover from a thumb injury but could be back for Week 10 against Green Bay.

For Beckham though, this could be a match made in heaven. The Seahawks are reportedly high on his list of teams that he would like to join.

Photo: Oct 4, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks on after defeating the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Baker Mayfield sends message to Odell Beckham following release

Baker Mayfield on the sidelines

There don’t appear to be any hard feelings between Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr., at least on Mayfield’s end.

Mayfield called Beckham a “good friend” and wished the wide receiver well following Sunday’s win over Cincinnati. That game marked the Cleveland Browns’ first game since Beckham’s upcoming release was confirmed.

“I wish him well, I really do. My feelings haven’t changed,” Mayfield said, via Jake Trotter of ESPN. “From a personal standpoint, he’s a good friend of mine. … But I’m worried about the guys in our locker room. I’m proud of these guys, how they were able to focus up despite all the bulls— that was going on this week and how they were able to do their job. We’re going to see if we can build on it and continue to get better.”

The Beckham divorce started when Odell Beckham Sr. began taking public shots at Mayfield on social media. Add in some stories like these and you might think Mayfield would just be happy to move on. That seems to be the sentiment in some portions of the locker room.

Still, Mayfield knows better than to publicly trash Beckham as the receiver heads out the door. There’s no point to it, and Mayfield has to focus on the rest of the season. Maybe the two really did get along but just couldn’t click on the field. Either way, the Browns looked sharper on Sunday, so perhaps Beckham’s exit will qualify as addition by subtraction.

Photo: Aug 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) is shown on the sideline during their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Odell Beckham Jr has 1 NFC team he prefers to join

Odell Beckham after a game

Odell Beckham Jr. is set to be waived by the Cleveland Browns on Monday as part of an agreement he reached with the team. He is hoping to clear waivers to become a free agent, after which he reportedly has a preferred team he wants to join.

Pro Football Talk founder Mike Florio reported on “Football Night in America” Sunday that Beckham’s preference is to join the Seattle Seahawks. Florio mentioned two other teams Odell likes: the 49ers and Saints.

All three teams are in the NFC, and two are in the NFC West.

Beckham needs to clear waivers first before one of those teams could sign him as a free agent. And there is no guarantee that Beckham and the $7.25 million he is owed won’t be claimed. However, Beckham may be trying to fix things in his favor by floating rumors that he will be a problem if claimed by a team he does not prefer.

Seattle is 3-5 but should be getting quarterback Russell Wilson back soon. The Saints are 5-3 while the Niners are 3-5. The Saints might not be too desirable given their quarterback situation, despite their winning record.

Any team that adds Beckham knows he comes with a warning: buyer beware.

Photo: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returns to MetLife Stadium for the first time since he was traded by the New York Giants. The New York Jets lose to the Cleveland Browns, 23-3, in NFL Week 2 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford.
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Look: Vikings players shows support for Odell Beckham with warmup attire

Justin Jefferson wears a free Odell shirt

Odell Beckham Jr. will soon be wearing a new uniform, but some of his peers are keeping the “Free Odell” movement alive anyway.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson wore a hoodie during warmups on Sunday that said “FREE ODELL” and included a portrait of Beckham.

Beckham and Jefferson both played college ball at LSU. Jefferson was actually involved in the drama when OBJ handed out stacks of cash to LSU players after the national championship game two years ago.

Vikings cornerback Cam Dantzler, who grew up with Beckham in Louisiana, wore the same shirt:

The real question is whether Jefferson and Dantzler would have worn those shirts even if the Cleveland Browns did not agree to part ways with Beckham. That would have been an even stronger message, but we’ll probably never know.

Beckham and the Browns agreed to a divorce after Beckham’s father, Odell Beckham Sr., had some social media posts criticizing Baker Mayfield. LeBron James also found a way to join the “Free Odell” movement.

Beckham will be placed on waivers on Monday. He reportedly wants to play for a contender and may cause problems if he doesn’t wind up with one.

Report: Odell Beckham could create issues if certain teams claim him

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

The Cleveland Browns are expected to officially place Odell Beckham Jr. on waivers Monday, which means all 32 teams would have to pass on the star wide receiver in order for him to become a free agent. Should that happen, it sounds like Beckham will be quite selective with his next employer.

Beckham wants to play for a winning team that is in playoff contention, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. If a non-contending team claims Beckham, Schefter says there “could be potential issues for that team.”

Of course, the worst teams in the NFL are higher on the waiver priority list than the ones with winning records. However, multiple NFL executives told Schefter that it is “likely” Beckham will clear waivers, and several contending teams are said to have interest in the 29-year-old.

Beckham and the Browns have agreed to a restructured contract ahead of him being placed on waivers, but the team that signs him will still need at least $7.25 million in salary cap space.

Some unflattering reports have surfaced about Beckham this week, but there are still star players who want their teams to sign him. One player on a Super Bowl-contending team has already taken to social media to recruit Beckham.

Photo: Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Odell Beckham Jr. frequently ran the wrong routes

Odell Beckham after a game

The Cleveland Browns and Odell Beckham Jr. are parting ways after the receiver indicated he no longer wanted to be part of the team.

Beckham was a 3-time Pro Bowler to start his career with the New York Giants. Then he started having major injury issues and was traded to the Browns ahead of the 2019 season. In 2.5 seasons with the Browns, Odell produced just 1,586 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He arguably outproduced his entire Browns tenure during his 2015 season with the Giants.

So what was the reason Beckham wanted out? He had on-field chemistry issues with quarterback Baker Mayfield, which were made clear in a video posted by Odell’s father. Beckham Jr. likely decided he needed to play for another team, where he could showcase his skills once again and be utilized.

Part of the reason for the chemistry problems apparently had to do with Beckham running the wrong routes. A story published by ESPN’s Jake Trotter on Friday pointed to an infamous 2019 play where Mayfield threw a key 4th-down pass to Jarvis Landry instead of Beckham. Part of the issue was that Odell had run the wrong route.

A Browns source told Trotter, “that’s how it was all year, which was frustrating.”

It’s unclear whether Beckham “freelancing” was a 2019 thing or whether it continued in 2020 and 2021. But that was enough of a problem to cause Mayfield to have issues targeting Beckham.

Beckham changing routes to get open isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, if his quarterback doesn’t know what he is doing, then it becomes a problem.

The bottom line is that Mayfield and Beckham had poor chemistry on the field despite being friendly off the field. Both players are better off not being teammates.

Photo: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returns to MetLife Stadium for the first time since he was traded by the New York Giants. The New York Jets lose to the Cleveland Browns, 23-3, in NFL Week 2 on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford.
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Odell Beckham settlement shows how badly he wanted to leave Browns

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

One item in Odell Beckham Jr.’s contract settlement with the Cleveland Browns shows just how badly he wanted to leave the team.

As part of his agreement with the Browns, Beckham agreed not to seek termination pay from the team. That means the wide receiver is giving up guaranteed money to leave Cleveland.

Players very rarely want to give up guaranteed money in the NFL. That Beckham is doing so speaks to his obvious desperation to get out of Cleveland. Given how quickly this developed, one has to wonder how long Beckham has wanted out in the first place.

The Browns also went out of their way to make sure Beckham would be a free agent after the season, and also made it unlikely he will be claimed on waivers. That means he can pick his landing spot, so there was some mutual benefit to this.

Photo: Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns players send nice farewell notes to Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr

After days of negotiation, the Cleveland Browns and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. have officially parted ways. Beckham will be subject to waivers and free to sign with another team next week should he go unclaimed.

The divorce between Cleveland and Beckham was swift. It took several of his teammates by surprise, but their reactions were mixed. One anonymous Browns player offered a criticism of Beckham this week, telling NFL Network that the superstar receiver had isolated himself from the team.

Other were much more complimentary.

Wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones expressed his love and respect for Beckham, thanking him for everything that was done behind-the-scenes.

Fellow Browns wide receiver Anthony Schwartz expressed similar sentiments, thanking Odell for taking him under his wing.

The mixed reactions are very similar to what was seen after Beckham’s divorce from the Giants. Some players and coaches were sad to see him go, while others were somewhat indifferent. Those who offered anonymous takes were a bit more critical.

But this is the nature of Odell Beckham Jr. Most players love him, others do not. Coaches appreciate his talent, but hate his antics. And that’s exactly the package Beckham’s next team is going to get when they claim or sign him.