Curtain pulled back on Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham drama

Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham, Jr. were never able to get on the same page with the Cleveland Browns and Greg Newsome and JOK broke some of it down recently

The Cleveland Browns added Odell Beckham to their roster ahead of the 2019 season and with him, Jarvis Landry, Baker Mayfield, and Nick Chubb all on the same team, expectations were through the roof.

Unfortunately, things never seemed to work out — and in the end, OBJ was released last year after two and half disappointing seasons. Leading up to the split, there were constant rumors that Beckham and Mayfield were just never on the same page.

Now, there are players willing to speak openly about the whole ordeal. While appearing on the Varisty House Podcast, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Greg Newseom were asked about Beckham and Mayfield and Newsomw said the relationship between the two was “just off.”

He added that there was plenty of “locker room talk” regarding the discord but both added that it was a “distraction” but that they still had their job to do.

Both players were extremely complimentary of Beckham, who often gets a bad rap. In fact, JOK called him “one of the best teammates” he’s ever had but Newsome responded by saying “no, he’s probably the best teammate.”

They said he looked out for the rookies and Newsome spoke about times OBJ helped him learn what to do in coverage — and would help him break down ways to improve. He was also called generous, saying he would give out cleats to players — although JOK was still waiting on his.

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While both were very fond of Beckham, they weren’t bashing on Mayfield at all. Neither had a bad thing to say about him and Newsome even said when the rookie had no family in Cleveland, Mayfield would offer to take him out to dinner.

The discussion from the two second-year players does add credence to the belief that something was off between Baker Mayfield and OBJ. However, it also kind of puts to rest the notion that there was a split locker room taking sides.

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In the end, it sounds like both players were well-respected but it just didn’t work. Sometimes, it’s as simple as that.