Browns GM reiterates that Odell Beckham Jr. is ‘part of our future’

By Matt Johnson
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

While Odell Beckham Jr’s name has been floated as a potential trade candidate this offseason, Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry made it clear that the star receiver will stay in Cleveland.

During Tuesday’s press conference with reporters, Berry reiterated the team is setting clear expectations for OBJ in 2020, but he firmly remains in the team’s long-term plans.

Beckham Jr. fell fall short of expectations in 2019 after landing in Cleveland. He played through a sports hernia injury all season and hauled in just four touchdowns in 16 games.

While the 27-year-old’s issues on the field can be excuses, the team expects much better from him away from it.

Beckham Jr. slapped an officer on the butt and handed cash to LSU players following the National Championship Game, which attracted significant scrutiny. The star receiver also went after his former head coach during a game this past season.

If he can live up to the team’s expectations and maintain a healthy relationship with new head coach Kevin Stefanski, Beckham Jr. should be in a position to deliver a strong 2020 season.