Odell Beckham Jr and Cam Newton have been seen training together this offseason, but the former is shooting down any talk that he might join the latter in New England.
In a number of tweets on Monday, the Cleveland Browns receiver pushed back on rumors linking him to the Patriots after they signed Newton to a one-year deal. Beckham also said that he had “unfinished business” with the Browns.
Lol no sir boss! But y’all got my brother , wishin nothin but the best and LUV https://t.co/7tGiuvxJsp
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) June 29, 2020
U can find me in The LAND homie! We got unfinished business https://t.co/sqnWRGwLGT
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) June 29, 2020
Newton posted a video earlier this month of Beckham catching passes from him on the campus of UCLA. Beckham remains under contract with the Browns through the 2023 season however.
Still, some believe that Cleveland trading Beckham away is an inevitability. For now though, the three-time Pro Bowler does not appear to be wavering in his commitment to the Browns.
Odell Beckham Jr played through a nagging injury for the entirety of the 2019 season, but that ailment is not expected to be a problem for the star wide receiver when training camp begins this summer.
Beckham underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia this offseason, and Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters in a conference call on Thursday that OBJ is 100 percent recovered.
Stefanski says Odell Beckham Jr. is 100 percent, "free and clear" in recovery from offseason abdominal surgery.
— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) June 25, 2020
Beckham initially suffered the core muscle injury during training camp, so it stuck with him throughout the entire season. While he still managed to catch 74 passes for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns, he never seemed to be fully on the same page with Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield threw the Browns’ medical staff under the bus at one point with some comments he made about Beckham’s injury, but Beckham never agreed publicly. With a new coaching staff in place, everybody is ready for a fresh start. It sounds like Beckham will have the benefit of being fully healthy while taking part in that.
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Cam Newton remains a free agent but is getting some work in with a top player.
Newton shared a video on Instagram Saturday that showed him training with Odell Beckham Jr. Their workout was taking place on UCLA’s campus in Los Angeles.
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Newton is recovering from foot surgery and his inability to meet with teams may have contributed to him not signing to this point in free agency. There have been mixed reports about whether or not he would be open to a backup job. A recent report suggested he might wait until team activities begin before signing with a team, and that point is coming soon.
The 31-year-old was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by Carolina and spent his entire career with them until now. He’s a 3-time Pro Bowler and won NFL MVP in 2015. Beckham is also a 3-time Pro Bowler and entering his second season with the Cleveland Browns.
Even veteran players are prone to bad seasons. Despite their experience and talent, sometimes things just don’t click, be it an underlying injury, a bad supporting cast, or a poor scheme fit. It’s particularly troublesome when vets go through bad seasons, as NFL teams rely on their most experienced and accomplished players to drive them forward. If that doesn’t happen, the whole team suffers.
So which NFL veterans really need to turn things around and get back on track in 2020? Here are five to watch for.
Myles Garrett took a lighthearted swipe at Odell Beckham Jr. during the latest installment of “The Last Dance” on Sunday, but the star wide receiver may have gotten the last laugh.
Part of ESPN’s documentary series focused on the 1998 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz. During a tense moment in one of those games, Dennis Rodman gave Karl Malone a slap on the butt, and Malone aggressively returned the favor. Garrett joked on Twitter that Beckham thought the police officer he slapped on the rear end following LSU’s win over Clemson in the National Championship Game was going to react the same way.
— Myles Garrett (@MylesLGarrett) May 18, 2020
The incident Garrett was referring to occurred in the locker room, when a police officer was asking LSU players to put out their victory cigars. Beckham came up behind the officer and slapped him on the backside before taunting him, which led to a warrant being issued for Beckham’s arrest. The officer later declined to press charges.
Beckham had a great comeback for Garrett. In his own tweet on Monday, OBJ noted how authorities attempted to charge him with assault, while no legal action was taken against Garrett after the Cleveland Browns star bashed Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet.
Wait a min!!!! That wasn’t even the worst part …. the worst part was I got charged wit assault….. and u somehow didn’t !!! only in America https://t.co/8fjZXIdsNv
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) May 18, 2020
Garrett’s initial joke was funny, but Beckham one-upped him. That’s pretty good.
Odell Beckham Jr. may eventually be traded by the Cleveland Browns, but that is apparently not something the team has explored in recent weeks.
With rumors floating around that the Browns have had discussions with at least one team about a potential Beckham trade, ESPN’s Adam Schefter was told by a source that Cleveland has not had talks with anyone. The source was emphatic.
Source: the Browns haven’t had any discussions this off-season about trading WR Odell Beckham Jr., despite all the speculation that Cleveland could move him. “That’s the truth,” said team source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 19, 2020
Perhaps the most interesting report about Beckham’s future in Cleveland came from Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, who was told by sources that it is only a matter of time before the Browns trade the star receiver. The belief is that Beckham is viewed as a poor fit with Baker Mayfield, whom the Browns are committed to as their franchise quarterback.
The Browns can come out publicly and say they are keeping Beckham, and that probably won’t stop the speculation. The truth is likely that they want to see how much new head coach Kevin Stefanski can get out of the team’s star-studded roster. It makes no sense to trade OBJ before Stefanski has an opportunity to run his offense.
While another set of Odell Beckham trade rumors have been debunked for now, it sounds like his long-term future may not be secure in Cleveland after all.
Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman spoke to multiple sources who corroborated reports that there was nothing to the rumor linking Beckham to the Vikings. Those sources did, however, tell Freeman that they believe it’s only a “matter of time” before Cleveland does trade Beckham.
The root issue is that Beckham is viewed as a poor fit with quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mayfield’s inconsistent accuracy is frustrating to Beckham, who demands accuracy from quarterbacks to get the best out of himself.
For now, all indications are that the Browns plan to keep Beckham for 2020. He’s under contract through 2023 though, and with top wide receivers traded more than ever, the reality is Beckham may not see out his contract with Cleveland in the long run.