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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.

Details of Odell Beckham’s settlement with Browns revealed

Odell Beckham after a game

The Cleveland Browns have finally sorted out the details of their divorce from wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the terms of the reworked contract the two sides agreed to that will allow Beckham to leave Cleveland. The Browns removed the final two seasons on Beckham’s current contract, ensuring he will become a free agent this offseason. Beckham would be owed $7.25 million by any team that claims him on waivers, making that unlikely to happen.

Essentially, the Browns are wiping out any future obligations to Beckham beyond the 2021 season. That will allow him a clean break. The fact that his salary makes him essentially waiver-proof also likely ensures that he’ll be able to pick his team for the remainder of the season instead of going to a waiver claimant.

Beckham’s disappointing Browns tenure ends with just seven touchdowns in 29 games. He should have no shortage of suitors assuming he clears waivers, and other stars are already trying to recruit him.

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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New Rams star recruits Odell Beckham Jr to join him

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

Von Miller has yet to appear in a game with the Los Angeles Rams, but the star pass-rusher is already doing some recruiting work for his new team.

Miller, who was traded to the Rams from the Denver Broncos on Monday, is hoping another former Pro Bowler will join him in L.A. After the Cleveland Browns announced on Friday that they are parting ways with Odell Beckham Jr., Miller shared a photo of himself and OBJ on Instagram. Friday happened to be Beckham’s 29th birthday, so Miller wished him a happy birthday. He also wrote “come to the (Rams) so we can chase this ring together!!!”

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Beckham will have to clear waivers before any team is free to sign him. The Rams have the 30th waiver priority out of 32 teams, and Beckham may not make it that far.

While he hasn’t been productive the last couple of seasons, Beckham is a huge name. Plenty of fans and players want their teams to take a chance on him. Lamar Jackson has already heard from a ton of Baltimore Ravens fans who want him to recruit OBJ, but he had a hilarious message for them on Twitter.

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

Lamar Jackson sends hilarious tweet about Odell Beckham-Ravens rumors

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The Cleveland Browns announced on Friday that they are parting ways with Odell Beckham Jr. Naturally, that sent fans into a frenzy wondering where the former Pro Bowler might end up. A lot of people think the Baltimore Ravens would be a good fit, and Lamar Jackson had a funny way of reminding everyone that he doesn’t make those decisions.

Shortly after the Browns issued a statement confirming they will release Beckham, Jackson sent a not-so-cryptic tweet. He said he “can’t do nothing” and that people should tweet at the Ravens if they want to get something done, not him.

Jackson was obviously referring to the barrage of tweets he received saying the Ravens need to sign Beckham. Of course, it may not be that simple.

Beckham would first have to clear waivers before any team can sign him as a free agent. The Browns are working on restructuring OBJ’s contract in a way that might entice teams to claim him. Baltimore is 29th on the waiver priority list, so 28 teams would have to pass on claiming Beckham before the Ravens had a shot at him.

Beckham would probably welcome the opportunity to join the Ravens. Not only are they one of the best teams in the AFC, but they also play in the same division as the Browns. If he can’t play for the Ravens, Beckham might have another specific contender in mind.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) reacts against the Las Vegas Raiders during Monday Night Football at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Browns issue official statement on parting ways with Odell Beckham Jr

Odell Beckham after a game

The Cleveland Browns have officially moved on from Odell Beckham Jr.

Reports began surfacing on Thursday night that Beckham and the Browns were working on a restructured contract that would help facilitate the star wide receiver’s release. The Browns issued a statement on Friday morning confirming that they are parting ways with Beckham.

The Browns are reportedly converting some of Beckham’s salary into a signing bonus. That would lower his salary cap hit and make it more enticing for teams to claim him on waivers.

It became clear that Beckham and the Browns were headed for a divorce when the team excused OBJ from practice this week. That decision came after Beckham’s father, Odell Beckham Sr., criticized Baker Mayfield on social media.

Beckham was also bashed by an anonymous Browns teammate on Thursday.

Beckham has just 17 catches in six games this season. He and Mayfield have never really seemed like a good fit. The quarterback was asked about Beckham’s father’s social media activity, and he offered a frustrated response.

The Browns likely tried to trade Beckham before Tuesday’s deadline but could not find a suitor.

Photo: 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. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com, North Jersey Record via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Odell Beckham Jr to be released by Browns

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

Odell Beckham Jr’s time with the Cleveland Browns will soon come to an end.

As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on Thursday night, the Browns have decided they will release Beckham. The two sides have agreed to a revised contract that will reduce Cleveland’s obligation to pay Beckham if he is not claimed on waivers. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Friday that the Browns are converting Beckham’s salary into signing bonus to lower his cap hit, thus making it more enticing for another team to claim the former Pro Bowler.

It became clear that Beckham and the Browns were headed for a divorce when the team excused OBJ from practice this week. That decision came after Beckham’s father, Odell Beckham Sr., criticized Baker Mayfield on social media.

Beckham was also bashed by an anonymous Browns teammate on Thursday.

Beckham has just 17 catches in six games this season. He and Mayfield have never really seemed like a good fit. The quarterback was asked about Beckham’s father’s social media activity, and he offered a frustrated response.

The Browns likely tried to trade Beckham before Tuesday’s deadline but could not find a suitor. Now that Beckham is going to be set free, he may have one specific team in mind.

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

Odell Beckham Jr. bashed by Browns teammate

Odell Beckham after a game

It sounds as if some within the Cleveland Browns organization aren’t sad to see Odell Beckham Jr. go.

Beckham appears to have played his final game with the Browns, as his camp is working with the team to find a solution. The public sentiment from Browns players has largely been that they would welcome Beckham back if he wants to return. It appears, however, that some of his teammates sense he doesn’t want to be in Cleveland.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo shared a quote from an anonymous Browns player critical of Beckham’s attitude.

“He does nothing, talks to no one,” the player said. “He’s just got a malcontent attitude.”

That would certainly indicate that Beckham has been frustrated with his role in the offense. He was targeted just once in last Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh, and he may feel the same way his father does regarding quarterback Baker Mayfield not taking advantage of him when he’s open.

Beckham has caught just seven total touchdowns in three seasons with the Browns. It simply hasn’t worked, and it’s probably best for all involved to just move on.

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 Jr may have one team in mind if he leaves Browns

Odell Beckham after a game

Odell Beckham Jr appears to have one foot out the door in Cleveland, and the Browns cannot trade him now that the official deadline passed on Tuesday. If Beckham is released and given the opportunity to choose his next team, he may have one specific destination in mind.

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington said on Thursday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be the team to watch if Beckham leaves Cleveland. The reporter said Brady and OBJ have “long aspired to play alongside one another.”

Darlington floated the same idea after the Bucs won the Super Bowl last year. He said Brady and Beckham want to play together at some point and have discussed making it happen. The Buccaneers are loaded at wide receiver with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, but Brown has been battling a foot injury. If the Browns release Beckham and the former Pro Bowler is willing to sign for cheap, Bruce Arians might be inclined to find a spot for him.

The New England Patriots reportedly pursued Beckham when Brady was still in New England. Brady and Beckham have even had some interactions on social media that sparked rumors of them teaming up. We certainly wouldn’t rule it out.

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. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com, North Jersey Record via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Odell Beckham Jr.’s dad takes victory lap over son’s impending exit

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

Odell Beckham Sr. appears to be quite pleased with the events surrounding his son and the Cleveland Browns this week.

Odell Beckham Jr. is essentially finished as a Brown, and his father’s outside criticism of the team’s use of the wide receiver appears to have been a factor. On Tuesday, Beckham Sr. posted an 11-minute video that showed clips of his son open but not thrown to by Baker Mayfield.

On Thursday, Beckham Sr. publicly thanked the creator of that video, which looked like a clear message conveying that the Beckhams got precisely what they wanted.

In other words, it sure sounds like Beckham Sr. is happy his son is on the way out of Cleveland. Sure, it’s created drama and frustration for the Browns, but as the elder Beckham notes in the hashtag, that’s not really his concern.

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