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Browns willing to listen to Odell Beckham trade offers?

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The Cleveland Browns insist that Odell Beckham Jr. is in their plans for 2021, but that may not be true if someone is willing to take him off their hands.

In a recent appearance on 92.3 The Fan’s “The Barber Shop,” Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot suggested that while the Browns aren’t shopping Beckham, they would likely be willing to listen if someone called with an enticing trade offer.

“I don’t think that there will be a trade partner for him out there,” Cabot said. “I think he’s going to be on the team this season. But I would also say that even though I am believing that Odell and Jarvis (Landry) are going to be the two main receivers this year, if someone did come and make an offer to the Browns for Odell, I still think that they would listen to it. I don’t think they’re 100 percent locked into having to have him on the team this year.”

Even if the Browns wanted to move Beckham, it’s unlikely that they would find a return that would make them happy. The 28-year-old is coming off an ACL injury, and combined with his nearly $16 million cap hit in 2021, that’s likely to depress his trade market.

Beckham caught 23 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns in seven games in 2020 before suffering his season-ending injury.

Photo: Erik Drost/Flickr via CC-BY 2.0

Video: Odell Beckham shows off his speed in recovery from torn ACL

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Odell Beckham is making some visible progress in his recovery from a torn ACL.

Beckham suffered a torn ACL in Week 7 against Cincinnati and then underwent surgery. Beckham is now four months removed from his surgery and on the mend.

In a post on Instagram Wednesday night, Beckham shared photos of himself training. At the end he shared two videos. One shows off his impressive jumping ability. The second video showed off the receiver running on a treadmill.

The Browns acquired Beckham in a trade with the Giants two years ago. OBJ played 16 games in 2019 and caught 74 passes for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns. That was the only time over the last four years that Beckham has played a full season.

Even though he looked good in the videos, Beckham’s injury history and the Browns’ success last season without him helps explain why the team is open to a trade.

Photo: Erik Drost/Flickr via CC-BY 2.0

Report: Odell Beckham unlikely to have significant trade market

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Once regarded as one of the most exciting wide receivers in the NFL, Odell Beckham Jr. suddenly finds himself without much of a trade market.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, the Cleveland Browns are open to listening to offers for Beckham. However, the wide receiver is not expected to find much of a trade market. That’s partly due to the fact that Beckham is coming off a torn ACL, and salary cap constraints around the league are also going to be a factor. Beckham carries a cap hit of $15.75 million in 2021.

Beckham simply hasn’t delivered like the Browns hoped he would when they acquired him two years ago. He has never seemed to find a sturdy connection with quarterback Baker Mayfield, and has caught only seven touchdown passes since joining the Browns.

At the very least, there are players who still want to play with Beckham. Front offices seem less impressed these days.

Jarvis Landry shares how Odell Beckham injury has motivated him

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Odell Beckham Jr.’s season-ending injury is a significant blow to the Cleveland Browns’ passing offense. That said, his teammate, Jarvis Landry, is feeling some added motivation to pick up the slack.

Landry and Beckham have been teammates at LSU and now the Browns, and have a strong friendship. That, in part, has motivated Landry to pull added weight with Beckham sidelined. Landry revealed Thursday that he feels he’s playing the rest of the year for Beckham as well as for himself.

“Absolutely,” Landry said, via Grant Gordon of NFL.com. “He would do anything to be out here on the field. The guys that are in this building from the coaching staff to the players that take the field with him, we all love the way that he worked. We all loved the leader that he was, the player that he is and the way that he made plays to help us win these football games because honestly, we could not have really done that without him. For us, we have to just continue to play for each other and play for him. He is a part of this. He is a part of this so that is definitely added motivation for sure.”

There have been questions about Beckham’s fit on the Browns. There has even been some suggestion that the team is better off without him. Baker Mayfield had this to say about that take, and Landry clearly agrees. The team misses Beckham whether or not it shows up on the stat sheet.

Odell Beckham Jr. feared to have ‘major’ knee injury

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Odell Beckham Jr. is feared to have suffered a “major” knee injury during the Cleveland Browns’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Beckham suffered a knee injury trying to make a tackle after a Baker Mayfield interception midway through the first quarter of Cleveland’s 37-34 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Beckham was down in pain after hurting his knee and limped to the locker room. He was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said after the game that Beckham would undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his injury.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says that Beckham is feared to have a “major” injury.

The 27-year-old did not have any catches before exiting the game. Beckham entered the game with 23 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns on the season. It’s awful that this would happen to him, especially after he expressed thoughts for all the players who were injured early in the season.

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Odell Beckham Jr. took his shoes off during Browns’ loss to Steelers

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Odell Beckham Jr.’s behavior during the Cleveland Browns’ blowout loss on Sunday at Pittsburgh is under scrutiny.

With about eight minutes left in the game and the Browns down 38-7, Beckham was seen on the sidelines without his shoes on. He was also getting into it with some Steelers fans.

Beckham only had two catches for 25 yards on four targets in the game as the Browns fell to 4-2. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski defended Beckham’s behavior as a manifestation of “normal frustration” during bad loss.

Stefanski may have defended Beckham, but this is nothing new for the receiver. He made some headlines for beating up a cooling fan on the sideline in 2018. He and Freddie Kitchens also had a confrontation on the sideline last year.

Probably every member of the Browns was frustrated during the team’s loss. But the rest of them managed to keep their shoes on.

Odell Beckham Jr. sends thoughtful note about rash of injuries across NFL

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Sunday was one of the worst injury days for the NFL in recent memory, as numerous star players went down with ailments ranging from minor to season-ending. Cleveland Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. was among those who took note of just how bad it was.

Beckham sent a thoughtful note on Twitter to all the players who were injured on Sunday.

Beckham missed the majority of the 2017 season with the New York Giants after breaking his ankle. He also played through a significant injury for the majority of 2019 and has been banged up at other points, so he knows how frustrating it can be.

Giants star running back Saquon Barkley and San Francisco 49ers pass-rusher Nick Bosa are believed to have suffered torn ACLs, which will keep them out for the rest of the year. The list below shows how many players went down, and it does not include Christian McCaffrey. The Carolina Panthers will have an MRI on Monday to determined the severity of his ankle injury.

Many are wondering if the lack of preseason games has led to more significant injuries early on. Of course, plenty of people argue that the preseason games themselves lead to unnecessary injuries. The 49ers had another theory about what may have caused their players to get hurt.

Report: Browns are ‘adamant’ about not trading Odell Beckham Jr

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It only took one game this season for rumors to resurface that the Cleveland Browns are looking to trade Odell Beckham Jr. Once again, however, it appears the speculation is not based on anything coming from the team.

A Browns source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the team has been “adamant” about not trading Beckham.

“It’s totally not true,” the source said. “No idea where anyone would have gotten that.”

The latest report about Beckham being shopped came from WFAN’s Mike Francesa. While Beckham was speaking with the media about his and the Browns’ disappointing performance in their Week 1 blowout loss, Francesa tweeted that he heard Beckham is on the trade block. The longtime radio host even went as far as to say Cleveland’s asking price for Beckham is wildly high.

None of that is true, according to Schefter’s source. It wasn’t true when Beckham had just three catches for 22 yards in Cleveland’s embarrassing Week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, either. Beckham bounced back with four catches for 74 yards in Thursday night’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He scored a 43-yard touchdown and could have had another if not for a brutal missed pass interference call.

Beckham is under contract with the Browns through 2023. The trade rumors simply aren’t going away, and one recent report claimed it is only a matter of time before the two sides part ways.

Odell Beckham Jr. on trade block with Browns?

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Rumors of the Cleveland Browns trading Odell Beckham Jr. have existed seemingly since the moment they acquired the star wide receiver, and it took only one game in the 2020 season for them to pop back up again.

Beckham was close to a non-factor in Cleveland’s 38-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. He told reporters on Tuesday that “more game reps will be the way to go” in getting him and Baker Mayfield on the same page. As Beckham was discussing his and the team’s disappointing performance, WFAN’s Mike Francesa tweeted that he has heard the Browns are looking to trade OBJ.

Francesa added that the asking price for Beckham is high, and he criticized the Browns for being the “problem” rather than their Pro Bowl receiver.

Beckham’s three catches came on 10 targets, which is the bigger concern. While he managed to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark last season, Beckham has never truly established chemistry with Mayfield. A lot of that is a result of Cleveland’s offense struggling as a whole, but it’s a concern nonetheless.

One report not all that long ago said it is only a matter of time before the Browns part ways with Beckham. The 27-year-old is under contract through 2023, but the number of people who think he’ll make it that far in Cleveland is dwindling by the day.

Deion Sanders defends Odell Beckham Jr. against wild rumor

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Everyone seems to want to weigh in on the wild rumor that is floating around about Odell Beckham Jr. this week, but NFL legend Deion Sanders says he spoke with OBJ directly about it. Not surprisingly, the Cleveland Browns star says the entire story was made up.

An Instagram model known as Slim Danger went on the “No Jumper” podcast this week and claimed she had an unusual sexual encounter with Beckham. She says Beckham likes when women defecate on him, which of course sent the internet into a frenzy.

Deion Sanders of Barstool Sports said Thursday that he spoke with OBJ directly. Sanders is “110 percent” convinced the rumor is false.

“My problem is why — if somebody comes out with some bulljunk on you — are we gonna believe them when we actually have the relationship with you? Shouldn’t we believe you instead of them?” Sanders asked. “Now, if they had said it the other way around, that Odell doo-doo’ed on them, I might have said, ‘Eh, you got a point there.’ But, no, I can’t see that one.”

Sanders also complimented Beckham for the way he has handled the unexpected attention.

“He’s at the point now, and I’m so proud of him, where he’s matured past the point of caring about foolishness like that,” Sanders said. “A couple years ago it would have had him all flustered. Now he’s like, ‘Eh, it’s part of the game.'”

Whether it’s true or not, Beckham seems to be laughing the rumor off. He appeared to issue a subtle response on Instagram, and ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>his girlfriend even got in on the fun. OBJ has bigger things to worry about with a few days to go until the start of the 2020 season.