What happened to Odell Beckham Jr.? Explaining the Browns WR drama with Baker Mayfield after dad’s video


The NFL trade deadline has come and gone, and Odell Beckham Jr. is still a member of the Browns. For now.

Beckham’s relationship with Cleveland has clearly soured, and the drama surrounding the talented wide receiver has reached a tipping point. On Tuesday, Odell Beckham Sr. posted a video on Instagram showing missed opportunities to throw the ball to his son, and LeBron James showed his support for Beckham by sending a tweet that included the hashtag “FreeOBJ.”

Even after the deadline has passed, there is certainly no guarantee that Beckham will remain a member of the Browns for long. Discussions between his agent and the team would seem to indicate that a release is still a possibility.

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What happened to Odell Beckham Jr.

The Browns made quite a stir by acquiring Beckham from the Giants in hopes of providing Mayfield with another star catcher to fit in on offense alongside Jarvis Landry.

Beckham’s tenure in Cleveland has been a disappointment, to say the least. After posting three 1,300-yard receiving seasons in five years in New York, Beckham has struggled to make a similar impact. He caught 74 passes for 1,035 yards in 2019, his career low for a full season in both goals and yards.

He missed half the 2020 season with a torn ACL, but among seven games played in 2020 and six in 2021, he has combined for just 40 receptions and 551 yards and three touchdowns.

Beckham Sr. believes this is Mayfield’s fault for improperly carrying the ball to his son.

After the video came out, Mayfield said that he understands that Beckham Sr. wants his son to be successful and that he can’t blame him for that.

“I want Odell to be successful,” Mayfield said, according to ESPN. “That’s where we were, or so I thought.”

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Regardless of who is to blame for Beckham’s struggles, it’s clear that Beckham wants to get out of Cleveland.

According to ESPN’s Kimberley A. Martin, Beckham wanted to leave the team, and although there were some discussions about his transfer to the Saints, they were unable to reach an agreement given the amount of money owed to him.

According to Sportrac, Beckham is owed $ 14.5 million in base salary in 2021.

Since the deadline passed, Beckham has been absent from practice, including Thursday, when he was excused again from practice, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

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This comes after Browns coach Kevin Stefanski reportedly said Beckham might not even be on the team, according to Bally Sport’s Michael Silver.

At least for the moment, Beckham stays on the team. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the team would be willing to keep him on the roster rather than give him up at this point.

Regardless of his official status with the team, it seems almost certain that when the Browns face AFC North rival Bengals on Sunday, Beckham will not be on the field.


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