Odell Beckham Jr. said he is not ruling out a return to the Cleveland Browns after they traded for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in one of the most blockbuster trades in NFL history. The trade sent shockwaves through the league and college football fans everywhere as well, which led OBJ to say that multiple teams reached out with offers on draft day but he hasn’t decided yet if any are serious enough for him to consider moving from New York City back home
Odell Beckham Jr. is not ruling out a return to Cleveland after the blockbuster trade that sent him and Jarvis Landry to the Rams.
The Cleveland Browns made one of the greatest offseason moves by acquiring Deshaun Watson in a blockbuster trade from the Houston Texans. The Browns then went all-in and signed Watson to a five-year, $230 million contract that was fully guaranteed.
Baker Mayfield is on his way out, but no one knows where he’ll be going. Jarvis Landry was dismissed in a cost-cutting move, while Amari Cooper was traded to Cleveland.
Another intriguing element is that former Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is open to a reunion with the team.
Odell Beckham Jr. might be back in a Browns jersey soon.
What a difference a few years can make.
Beckham’s stint in Cleveland came to an end in an unpleasant manner a few months ago, and he was dismissed. Then he joined the Los Angeles Rams, where he played a key part in their Super Bowl victory.
Fast forward to the end of March 2022, and Beckham isn’t ruling out a return to Cleveland (h/t Cleveland.com’s May Kay Cabot).
“Now that Baker Mayfield is on his way out and three-time Pro Bowler Deshaun Watson has arrived, Beckham, 29, wouldn’t rule out returning to the Browns if they were interested.”
Cabot, Mary Kay
Beckham is mulling a return to the Browns, according to Cabot, who claims Beckham wanted to depart due to a feud with Mayfield.
Even more intriguing is Beckham’s recent Twitter activity, and the free-agent WR hasn’t ruled out a return to the team.
That’s an intriguing one, lol.
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) March 22, 2022
Now, he didn’t seem very enthralled by the prospect, but Cabot’s story says there is – if the Browns are interested, that is.
Cleveland’s players would most certainly welcome him back with open arms, especially considering players like Myles Garrett remained supportive of Beckham even after he left.
Beckham pulling off a 360 and going from the Browns to the Rams to a Super Bowl winner before returning to Cleveland would be incredible.
Despite how things went, the Browns should be interested in Odell Beckham Jr.
Michael Owens/Carmen Mandato/Getty Images | Odell Beckham Jr. and Deshaun Watson
In Cleveland, things didn’t go so smoothly. Mayfield was released immediately after Beckham’s father aired a video criticizing him, and he went on the free-agent market.
Things are very different now that Mayfield is no longer in the picture. With Landry gone and Rashard Higgins off to the Carolina Panthers, the Browns figure to be AFC contenders, but they have gaps on their WR depth chart.
Even if Watson does not play in 2021, he is a significant improvement over Mayfield.
Just spoke to one of Deshaun Watson’s new #Browns teammates. Went out of his way to call Baker Mayfield a “true warrior and fierce competitor” and talked about how cutthroat the scrutiny at QB can be. That said, he said: “Sometimes you’re a Matthew Stafford away from a Lombardi.”
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 18, 2022
Cooper, Beckham, and Donovan Peoples-Jones at wide receiver would be a fantastic bunch for Watson. Beckham is expected to miss the most of the 2022 season as he recovers from an ACL injury suffered in Super Bowl 56. Furthermore, one medical expert advised Beckham to take the full year off for his health.
Still, the Browns may sign Beckham to a low contract and stick with Cooper and Peoples-Jones for now. They could then have Beckham for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs.
Nick Chubb is one of the league’s best running backs, and the Browns have given David Njoku a raise.
The pieces are in place for the Browns to excel on offense, and Beckham would be a perfect match in Cleveland, particularly if Watson instead of Mayfield is throwing the ball.
Beckham hasn’t fared well on the market, and his injury is a major factor. Following the unexpected trade of Tyreek Hill, the Kansas City Chiefs could take a look at Beckham. Perhaps the Rams will opt to re-sign Beckham. The Rams’ deal with Allen Robinson II, on the other hand, makes it doubtful that Beckham would return to LA in 2022.
So, believe it or not, the Browns may be the ideal match for Beckham.
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