For the second consecutive day, the Cleveland Browns have excused their star receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., from practice. Adding to the discontent, they don’t expect Beckham to re-join the team at any point this season.
Just days after the NFL’s trade deadline passed, now the Browns appear content to pay ODB to stay away from the team altogether, not risking him deteriorating the team chemistry even further.
Beckham is due half of his $7.25 million salary for the remainder of the season, which means should the Browns choose to release the receiver, if another team wanted to claim his contract, the new organization would be on the hook for whatever salary is left.
A much more likely scenario would be the Browns releasing Beckham and then all teams deciding he’s not worth his contract, allowing him to be a free agent, able to choose any team he desires. What’s preventing this scenario, is the fact that the Browns don’t want to pay his salary while he helps another team this season.
If they keep him away from the team, Odell can’t help anyone, and he can’t keep hurting the team. On the other hand, he also can’t help them in any way when he doesn’t play.
- Odell Beckham Jr. 2021 stats: 17 receptions, 232 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 13.6 YPC
While it’s likely too late to try and put all the toothpaste back in the tube, getting Odell Beckham Jr. back on the field is the best option if the Browns wish to have a truly kick-ass offended balanced with the run and the pass, in 2021 at least.