Could the Odell Beckham Jr. era in Cleveland actually be over for good?
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it is a “very real possibility” the star wide receiver may have played his final game in Cleveland last week before sustaining a season-ending ACL tear last week while trying to make a tackle after an interception.
The Browns cannot cut Beckham, as Rapoport noted the 27-year-old is still owed a guaranteed $12 million at the start of the league year next year – in which he will still be recovering from his injury.
They can, however, trade him next spring or summer.
Per Rapoport, Beckham has never fully embraced his time in Cleveland since the Giants traded him there two years ago.
Beckham’s chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield has been a talking point ever since he arrived, and the quarterback appeared to be just fine without the star receiver last week when he completed 22 of 23 passes for 297 yards and five touchdown passes after Beckham was ruled out of the game.
Mayfield, however, shot down that notion earlier this week.
However, new head coach Kevin Stefanski appeared to be utilizing Beckham much more effectively through seven games this year, with the receiver finding the end zone three times already this season, whereas he had just four receiving touchdowns all of last year.
In 23 games with the Browns, Beckham has 97 receptions for 1,354 yards and seven receiving touchdowns, in addition to one rushing touchdown.