No thanks on Odell Beckham, let Baker Mayfield make new stars at WR

Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Browns should focus on developing their own receivers with a franchise QB in the mix, rather than taking a huge gamble on OBJ.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s name continues to be tied to the Cleveland Browns.

As long as he’s appearing in Instagram photos with Baker Mayfield and Jarvis Landry, that’s just going to be how it is.

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The Giants appear to be listening to offers for Beckham, although a trade isn’t expected until June 1 for salary cap reasons.

Cleveland fans spread out over the social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter salivate at the idea of adding Beckham.

If you’re reading this, you probably play fantasy football. You know what he’s capable of. However, you also know he’s starting to put together an injury history.

Ultimately, making a franchise altering decision to trade for Beckham should hinge on whether or not he’s the missing the link between your team and a Super Bowl title.

Perhaps the Browns would be wiser to spend their loads of cap space elsewhere.

Having Baker Mayfield affords the Browns that possibility.

It’s been so long since a franchise quarterback took snaps at FirstEngergy Stadium, we’ve forgotten how a good field general can make stars at the position.

Look no further than Breshad Perriman. His career was over before he came to the Browns and started catching passes from Mayfield.

This isn’t to start building a bust of Perriman in Canton, or to say Mayfield is going to start making Pro Bowlers out of undrafted free agents. Rather, it means the Browns can be picky about choosing players at the position because mining for talent becomes easier with a Pro Bowl caliber player in place.

The recent Antonio Brown news also has something to do this.

The NFL is a passing league, but who was the last prominent wideout to play a major contribution in the Super Bowl?

Brown himself played in one as a rookie in 2010. He team lost to the Packers. Despite his crazy stats and Ben Roethlisberger throwing him the ball, the Steelers haven’t been back since.

Randy  Moss powered that 18-0, 2007 Patriots squad into the Super Bowl before losing to David Tyree‘s helmet Catch.

If Beckham were acquired, we’d all start buying Super Bowl tickets. But considering his cap figure and the Giants potential asking price, it may make more sense to invest in the defensive line.

Unlike a star receiving changing the course of a Super Bowl, a four-man pass rush has. The Giants two wins over the Patriots were spurred by getting in Tom Brady‘s face. This year, New England flipped the tables on Jared Goff.

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Beckaham’s the fantasy play, but sometimes, that doesn’t always translate into the real-world goal of getting the Browns their first Super Bowl victory.