Rumors surrounding the Cleveland Browns and Odell Beckham Jr. heated up on Wednesday, but one reporter ‘doesn’t feel confident’ the talks are serious.
Over the past couple of days, several Browns players and reporters around the league were hinting at Cleveland having a potentially big move in the works. However, no one was saying what the potentially big move involved.
It was not until Benjamin Allbright tweeted Wednesday evening that the potentially big move that everyone was talking about involved the Browns attempting to trade for Beckham, with some other moving parts in the deal.
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In the middle of all the “potentially big move” rumors was a report from NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, saying it would not be surprising if Cleveland moved right guard Kevin Zeitler this off-season. It was not until Allbright’s tweet that connected Zeitler to the “potentially big move.”
However, despite all of the rumors swirling about this potential trade, some reporters do not believe that the trade will ultimately happen. During an interview Thursday with 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, Kinkhabwala said she “doesn’t feel confident” that the Beckham-to-Cleveland conversations are serious.
“I wouldn’t feel confident describing [the conversations] as serious,” Kinkhabwala said. “I think this is the time of year where there are lots and lots and lots of conversation.”
Browns general manager John Dorsey and Giants general manager Dave Gettleman were shown talking to each other during the NFL Combine, adding fuel to the rumors. Kinkhabwala does not believe it is a question of if Dorsey will be aggressive, but if the Giants are actually considering moving Beckham.
“John Dorsey is not afraid to be aggressive,” Kinkhabwala said. “He is not afraid to make bold moves. This is clearly a team that feels it is on the precipice of doing something significant. He is not going to be afraid to go out and do something like that. The question here is, are the Giants really moving on from [Beckham]?”
With free agency opening in only a few days away, it would make sense that both sides would want a definitive answer on a possible trade soon. If they can figure out if a trade will actually happen or not, the front offices will be able to adjust their plans before the free agency period begins.