Odell Beckham Jr. Rumors it won’t matter if Browns WR continues to scare off potential buyers

Amid the frustration that is the Browns’ 2019 season, several players have reported that rival teams are “coming to pick me up” with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. supposedly started the song earlier in the season.

OBJ can save his breath because he is going nowhere – except for a two-week break, when the Cleveland season ends very shy of expectations.

Beckham should sit tight for at least another year, unless another team makes a trade offer that is too good for Browns general manager John Dorsey to refuse. Which is unlikely to give Beckham a reputation as a diva personality who will assume his coaches in seconds. He also has his share of significant injuries during his six-year career, which is also a deterrent to other teams.

After just one season with Beckham, Dorsey is not going to give up a player for whom he has given up first and third turns and initial safety (Jabrill Peppers). Also, there will be no dead money from Beckham’s deal or release to absorb the Browns’ salary cap by 2021.

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Despite the supposed confidence votes for coach Freddie Kitchens, he and / or several of his assistants are more likely to take the plunge for a 6-8 team that is unfair and over-productive based on expectations.

Kitchens also have the issue of being responsible for the slow growth of last year’s No. 1 overall pick of Baker Mayfield, who has fallen badly in his second season (up from 93.7 in his first season with 27 TD passes and 13 INTs). to score a 78.7 – 33rd in the league – with 17 TD passes against 17 steals). Despite playing with top champion Nick Chubb and the talented duo of Beckham and Jarvis Landry, another alleged abuse he wants.

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Going into his last two games against the Ravens and Bengals, Beckham is heading into low careers in receiving games per game (65), receptions per game (4.78) and receptions (2 so far). He has made some paradoxical remarks in recent weeks about the Browns’ future.

After catching three of his catches for 29 yards in Cleveland’s loss to Pittsburgh two weeks ago that essentially hit the Browns in the playoffs, Beckham said: “I couldn’t sit here and tell you if I would go here , I want to be here, I don’t want to be here. That’s exactly where I am now and I wouldn’t prefer to be anywhere else. “

But to feed the media’s selfish ego and keep the bite out there, he added, “Catch me in the offseason and see what happens.” He quickly returned after tweeting that he did not say he was unhappy in Cleveland. just looking for better results.

Believe me as a former NFL GM. These types of statements will scare most teams out of wanting any part of a player like Beckham. And they will certainly reduce any potential bids to those that no GM will be involved with in a first-round pick – which would be Dorsey’s asking price at a minimum. If he accepted something less, he would admit it was wrong to make the deal with the Giants in March.

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The path of least resistance for Dorsey and Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is to make yet another coaching change, which would be Haslam’s seventh in the nine years the team has held. That would give Beckham and Mayfield a fresh start with a coach who, if hired properly (a controversial idea in the case of the Browns), will be closer to the job.

These Browns need a makeover on the field to get their young QB back on the road and target their star receivers much more often. Defense must return to ways of reducing its turnover from last season (31 so far to 18 last season) to give offense closer.

The Browns seem to need a team psychologist to focus on each team’s success and to avoid incidents like the Myche Garrett fiasco that turns the helmet against the Steelers.

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I said it back in March and will say it again: I never thought Beckham’s trade would bring great dividends to their coffees and relentless franchise, which now guarantees its 12th consecutive non-profit season and its 17th consecutive year of playoffs. . This is very difficult to do in a championship that rewards teams with lost plans, an older crack in the resignation wire and weaker schedules.

Beckham never chose Cleveland as his destination through trade. He wants to be a celebrity more than a great footballer and so he seeks publicity and the glittering lights of New York or Los Angeles. I felt it was inevitable that he would want out of Cleveland even if the team was successful in the race.

The fact that the 2019 Browns are oppressed simply accelerates Beckham’s irrepressible desire to get the heck out of Dodge.

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The best thing Beckham can do for himself is play extremely well while remaining mostly healthy – as in three New York Pro Bowl seasons – and stay calm on the pitch while being a model citizen. He does not complain that his contract is now $ 3 million less per year than Julie Jones’s or whining about how he is underutilized in the Browns offense. No boat party excursions to Miami during the season. There are no model photos in Paris where there is a possible drug preparation.

Maybe then he can fool a GM into one of the big markets to think he has changed and entice GM to either block him or sign him as a free agent if the Browns release him.

Nah. Such a scenario is impossible for a lightning conductor that is OBJ.

Jeff Diamond is a former Titans president and former Vikings vice president / general manager. He was elected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also broadcasts online media work. Lectures on corporate / political groups and college lessons on negotiation and sports administration / sports administration. He is the former chairman and CEO of the Ingram team. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL.

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