The drama surrounding the Cleveland Browns focused squarely on the relationship between Odell Beckhman Jr and Baker Mayfield. With Baker on the way out, OBJ signals his desire to return.
Oh, the drama! The Cleveland Browns had so much drama in the locker room that former Browns tight end Austin Hooper mentioned it in his introductory press conference with his new team. Drama here. Drama there. Drama everywhere.
It is time to end the drama.
That means ending and shutting the door to future drama. The Browns should say no to a reunion with Odell Beckham Jr. Here are three reasons why.
Cleveland Browns reason to avoid OBJ reunion No. 1: The Drama
There was so much drama around Odell Bechkham Jr. that former players and television announcers openly derided the Browns in the coverage leading up to and during the Super Bowl. He had somehow spun that narrative away from his antics onto the Browns for being a bad organization who did not recognize his talent.
But this was not the first time he had drama with his quarterback. OBJ had serious quarterback drama with future hall of fame quarterback Eli Manning. He even made comments to the effect that he, OBJ, was the reason fans came to watch the New York Giants. He called Manning “a little older” and “not the same player”. He suggested that Manning was the reason the Giants were not winning.
Two teams. Two places with bad quarterbacks who did not appreciate OBJ’s talents. Fact or Fiction? The answer: drama.
When OBJ was traded to the Browns, he saw this trade as a punishment and immediately tried to enlist the help of Jay Glazer of Fox NFL Sunday to get him out of Cleveland and to Los Angeles.
As if all that were not enough, now there is the possibility of Odell Beckham Jr returning to the Browns now that Mayfield is on the outs. When does it all stop? At first, Beckham does everything they can to get out of Cleveland. Now he is trying to come back. Make it stop!
The drama is bad. But Browns fans are used to drama. They could have handled, even embraced, the drama had he been playing well. This leads to the next reason.