Report: Odell Beckham Jr. torn ACL, out for season

Odell Beckham is done for the year with a torn ACL

On Monday morning, the MRI on Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s knee confirmed the bad news that the Browns organization feared last night.

Beckham tore his ACL and will be sidelined for the rest of the season in Sunday’s victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Beckham went down during the Browns first offensive drive while attempting to make a tackle after an interception from Baker Mayfield. Now, the Browns and Mayfield will be without their No. 1 target for the rest of the 2020 campaign.

Beckham had improved this season after a somewhat disappointing 2019 campaign after being traded to the Browns from the New York Giants for Jabrill Peppers and two draft picks including a first rounder. He had 23 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns so far in 2020.

Despite losing Beckham, Mayfield commanded the offense to a convincing five-touchdown victory on Sunday. Nationally and locally, pundits will debate whether or not Mayfield is better with Beckham on the sideline. Now, the Browns organization will have a nine game sample size to evaluate Mayfield without Beckham and confirm if this is the case.

As a result of the guaranteed cash built into his contract and an ACL injury that won’t be healed by March, Beckham is virtually uncuttable. The Browns have a ton of cap space invested in him and Jarvis Landry.

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The only way to avoid paying Beckham just under $13 million would be to find a trade suitor.