The rumors of Odell Beckham, Jr. heading to Minnesota are untrue but one writer says the Cleveland Browns will absolutely trade him soon
It’s becoming a weekly thing now as Odell Beckham, Jr. trade rumors continue to flood the headlines. The latest included the Cleveland Browns sending him to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a second and fifth-round pick.
While this trade was refuted, there are those who believe it’s just a matter of time before No. 13 is on the move again. One such person who believes this is Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report who says sources in the league believe OBJ will be on the move.
However, he said this doesn’t have as much to do with Beckham as it does one of his more prominent teammates, quarterback Baker Mayfield.
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"“These sources all believe it’s only a matter of time before Beckham is traded from the Browns, and they don’t believe it’s because of a perceived attitude problem with Beckham.‘People have the wrong idea of who he is as a person’, said one general manager.The issue, instead, is that Beckham isn’t a good fit with quarterback Baker Mayfield.” — Freeman, Bleacher Report"
Browns fans continue to grow frustrated about Odell Beckham, Jr. having his name mentioned in trade talks and it’s easy to dismiss it. The problem is, where there’s smoke there is always fire. Not usually. But always.
New York Giants fans found this out the hard way as they disputed trade talks with Beckham for over a year and even pointed out his new contract he signed in the 2018 season. However, it was just one season later where he was on the move as the Giants sent Beckham to Cleveland.
Once with the Browns, the expectation was that Beckham and Baker Mayfield would blossom together. That wasn’t the case as they were often on different pages and Mayfield clearly favored Jarvis Landry as his top target, even infamously forcing the ball to a covered Landry on a fourth-down play in a loss to the Denver Broncos where OBJ had a step on his defender.
There were even rumors that Beckham (and Landry for that matter) were telling opposing teams to come and trade for them. At the time, the two receivers were fed up with head coach Freddie Kitchens, evidenced by their sideline exchanges with the rookie coach.
With Kitchens out and Kevin Stefanski in, there’s a chance emotions are better now and cooler heads should prevail. Having said that, a continued lack of rapport between Mayfield and Beckham will force emotions to once again get out of control.
Should that be the case, Freeman believes the only resolution will be to send OBJ packing once again.
Fans won’t want to hear it, but then again, neither did Giants fans.