Could Cleveland Browns get the Julio haul for Odell Beckham?

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Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

The Atlanta Falcons got a second and fourth-round pick from the Titans for Julio Jones and some think the Cleveland Browns could get more for Odell Beckham?

It’s been a while since we have heard any trade rumors surrounding Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. but that doesn’t mean they won’t start up again.

For whatever reason, OBJ is a player who always seems to have his name being tossed around as a possible trade target — despite the team showing no signs they would even be interested in moving on from him.

Still, that didn’t stop Chad Porto from Factory of Sadness wondering if the recent Julio Jones trade set the market for Beckham if the Browns were wanting to move on. First off, Porto pointed out that neither is a spring chicken but OBJ is a little younger, which could play to Cleveland’s benefit should they look to move on.

"“Jones is 32, while Beckham will be 29 later this year. So they’re close-ish in age but still far enough apart to factor in Beckham’s more youthful age. Beckham and Jones also have had injury issues lately, but with Jones being older, that’s going to hurt Jones’ value a bit more than Beckham’s.” — Porto on a potential OBJ trade"

While he does make a decent point that Beckham is younger, the Julio Jones injury issue is overhyped. Jones missed significant time in 2020 but before that, he missed one game in three seasons and just four overall since 2014 so he doesn’t have a history of injuries. He was just hurt last season.

Beckham, on the other hand, has played a full 16-game season just twice in his career. He did play all 16 in 2019 but his history with injuries is much more alarming than Jones, so it’s not exactly easy to say that OBJ will get the same return.

Of course, it’s all a moot point anyway since the Browns aren’t interested at all in trading Beckham. Right now, he’s the only proven deep threat on the roster — even with him returning from an ACL tear.

He also showed in their Week 4 win over Dallas how quickly he can turn a game around as a 50-yard touchdown run put the Cowboys’ huge comeback on ice.

We also will finally see Beckham on the field with a fully “in-control” Baker Mayfield. The narrative last season was that Beckham and Mayfield were never on the same page, which is true, but Mayfield was still trying to find himself in Kevin Stefanski’s offense.

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Once that light bulb came on, Mayfield looked like a different player. That should help OBJ look more like himself in this offense while again throwing cold water on any notion that the team should move on. Even if they could get a couple of decent draft picks in return.