Athletes just can’t help themselves. Sending out mixed signals on social media to those consumed with their every word. Odell Beckham Jr. has been no different during his somewhat enigmatic seven-year career in the NFL.
That did not change on Tuesday with the three-time Pro Bowler causing an uproar during the early days of free agency. Six characters, and everyone losing their mind.
Dating back to his days with the New York Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. has been the subject of rumor after rumor. Some of that is of his own accord. This could very well be the case, too.
It’s been noted for some time that OBJ could be on the trade block after a less-than-stellar two-year start to his union with the Cleveland Browns. That was magnified last season after the star receiver struggled out of the gate, only to suffer a torn ACL seven games into the campaign.
Once Beckham Jr. was sidelined, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield upped his game big time. It culminated in Cleveland earning its first playoff appearance since 2002 and defeating the hated Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wildcard Playoff.
No, Odell Beckham Jr. is not being traded
Sending out messages like this on social media with multiple big-name players being traded or released probably isn’t the greatest of ideas. OBJ could simply be talking about his second act being a return from the above-mentioned ACL. Heck, he could be referencing a lyric from a song.
Even then, it will lead to speculation of a divorce between the boisterous receiver and his team. Since being acquired in a blockbuster trade from the New York Giants ahead of the 2019 season, the former LSU standout has seen a major downtick in production. This past season alone, OBJ caught just 23 passes for 319 yards in seven games.
With this in mind, there’s unlikely to be anywhere near a decent trade market for Beckham Jr. Not only is he coming off a serious knee injury, the three-time Pro Bowler is playing under a five-year, $90 million contract. He’s also set to count $15.75 million against the cap in 2021.
Wide receivers coming off more-productive seasons have been met with a cold market during the early stages of NFL free agency. That coupled with the lowered salary cap number around the league makes it a near impossibility that Cleveland finds a suitor for OBJ. Heck, the team isn’t looking to trade him.
Even then, this type of reckless speculation is pretty fun.