Dreadful. Pathetic. Whatever term we want to use for the Cleveland Browns’ season-opening performance, they were just not on the same level as the Baltimore Ravens. Even after narrowly defeating Cincinnati in Week 2, there’s major questions here.
Cleveland dropped the opener by the score of 38-6. Baker Mayfield was a disaster under center. Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. caught all of three passes for 22 yards, continuing the struggles we’ve seen from him since the former Pro Bowler joined the Browns last season. He’s now caught seven passes for less than 100 yards in two games.
We now have some more information on this. Apparently, the Browns are already looking to trade OBJ.
This belief was backed up by respected Browns insider Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com in an in-depth piece after Week 1.
If the Browns were to deal their most-talented offensive player, here’s a look at the most-likely trade scenarios.
Odell Beckham Jr. traded to the New England Patriots
- Leave it to Bill Belichick to pull off a trade of this ilk. We’ve seen it in the past with the likes of Randy Moss. The six-time Super Bowl champion head coach is not afraid to pull off that blockbuster.
- New England is certainly in need of a No. 1 receiver for impressive new starting quarterback Cam Newton. The team looks like a legit contender after Newton’s performance in his debut with the team.
- Second-year pass catcher N’Keal Harry has yet to live up to expectations. Julian Edelman is on his last legs. Imagine New England teaming Newton up with Beckham Jr. That would be so much fun.
Odell Beckham Jr. traded to the San Francisco 49ers
- This is not a rumor that comes out of left field. San Francisco actually offered more than what the Browns paid to acquire OBJ from the New York Giants ahead of last season. New York simply did not want to trade him to an NFC rival.
- The backdrop here is San Francisco’s horrendous performance in a surprising Week 1 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Without Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk in the mix, Jimmy Garoppolo completed 4-of-11 passes to his wide receivers in the loss. Ouch!
- The defending NFC champs also have not been shy about pulling off that blockbuster deal. Recent trades for Trent Williams, Emmanuel Sanders and Dee Ford paints the picture of an aggressive general manager in that of John Lynch. They might need to do that again in order to overcome the wholesale injuries we’ve seen this season.
Odell Beckham Jr. traded to the Philadelphia Eagles
- It’s already known that Alshon Jeffery is seemingly on the outs in Philadelphia. The team attempted to trade him ahead of Week 1. However, injury issues prevented that from happening.
- Outside of Jeffery, the Eagles have another injury-prone receiver in that of DeSean Jackson. Simply put, the team needs more receiving weapons for Carson Wentz. That’s magnified given that Wentz himself continues to struggle under center.
- It would not be a shock of Philadelphia called up Cleveland about Beckham Jr. Despite Week 1’s disastrous loss to Washington and blowout defeat at the hands of the Rams in Week 2, this team still thinks it can contend. Adding OBJ to the mix would go a long way in that regard.
Odell Beckham Jr. traded to the Green Bay Packers
- Davante Adams is a legit star with the Packers. In fact, the Pro Bowler caught a resounding 14 passes for 156 yards in last week’s win over the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately, Adams is now hobbled with a hamstring injury.
- Outside of that, it’s a whole lot of unproven for Aaron Rodgers at wide receiver. Four different players tied for second on the team in receptions with four in Week 1, including two running backs.
- The idea of teaming Beckham Jr. up with Adams might be too hard for aggressive general manager Brian Gutekunst to pass up on.
Odell Beckham Jr. traded to the Las Vegas Raiders
- Come on. This has to be the the best fit of the lot. Jon Gruden going after another disgruntled wide receiver after the entire Antonio Brown fiasco.
- In all seriousness, OBJ to Las Vegas makes a ton of sense. The team lost star receiver Tyrell Williams to a season-ending injury during training camp. It is relying on two rookies, Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards, as starters.
- Ruggs showed up big time in his debut Week 1 against Carolina. He’s going to be a star in the NFL. Imagine Ruggs and Beckham Jr. doing their thing in Las Vegas. Talk about the entertainment capital of the world.