Odell Beckham Jr. trade rumors have been shut down once again

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CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 22: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the start of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Baltimore defeated Cleveland 31-15. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Odell Beckham Jr. trade rumors have swirled around since the end of the 2019 season, but the recent rumors have been shut down once again.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been mired in trade rumors since the early part of his first season in the brown and orange. No matter how many times Beckham says he wants to be in Cleveland or the organization says they will keep him, the rumors always continue.

The rumor mill has recently been stirred up by former NFL linebacker Bart Scott, who said during his ESPN Radio show that Beckham is on the trading block, despite not citing any information to confirm the rumor.

Scott's comment compounds the rumors on social media that the Browns are discussing a Beckham deal with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers were interested in trading for Beckham last offseason before the Browns landed the wide receiver.

The 49ers and Beckham were also connected during the 2019 season when reports surfaced saying Beckham told San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo he wants to be on the 49ers following Cleveland's loss to the 49ers October 7.

Most recently, several rumors have swirled around social media that the 49ers are once again pursuing Beckham once again. However, there have been no verified reports that such conversations have taken place.

Despite all of the talk, Jay Glazer of the Athletic effectively ended the Beckham to San Francisco rumors during his mailbag on Wednesday (subscription required). Glazer said there is no truth to the rumors, as the 49ers want to add draft capital, not trade any away any more assets.

The 49ers will be cap-strapped over the next few seasons after signing Garoppolo to an extension and others to big deals, as well as needing to sign young players to extensions in the near future. San Francisco will rely on their draft capital to continue to reload their roster instead of adding more players with big contracts to their roster.

The Browns have attempted to shut down the rumors of a potential Beckham trade, as both general manager Andrew Berry and head coach Kevin Stefanski have said they big plans for Beckham's future with the team. However, Beckham's name continues to pop up in trade rumors, which is not surprising considering the constant media whirlwind surrounding Beckham.

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Beckham remains a key piece of the Browns offense, and with the team's current lack of depth at wide receiver, moving Beckham would not make sense. After the recent additions to the offense, Cleveland's offense, along with Beckham, will have the potential of being an explosive unit in 2020.