Even in victory, the Cleveland Browns bask in drama, as trade rumors involving Odell Beckham won’t go away, while Baker Mayfield takes on the training staff.
The latest Cleveland Browns rumors are that Odell Beckham is begging players on other teams to “Come get me [of out of Cleveland.”
Fox Sports Jay Glazer had the bombshell report, which indicated Beckham would like to play for a different team in 2020, via TheLandonDemand (subscription).
“Yes, the next one … the story from FOX’s Jay Glazer that Beckham definitely wants out of Cleveland and has told players and coaches from other teams ‘Hey, come get me. Come get me out of here.’
Then, it was revealed pregame Beckham has been playing with a sports hernia. The ailment will probably need surgery and shines light on why the Browns have labeled OBJ with “hip” injuries on the injury report dating all the way back to Training Camp.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw the medical staff under the boss stating that the team doctors and trainers should’ve caught the injury sooner.
“Yeah, I’d say it wasn’t handled right…He’s not able to run as well as he should be able to do as well as he knows. That is frustrating for him. You could sense that somebody’s frustration and where it comes from. It wasn’t handled the right way in our training room. It is what it is. His not 100 percent is still good enough for us.”
Mayfield continued after being asked if OBJ should’ve had surgery earlier in the year.
Yeah, I think looking back, obviously hindsight is 20-20, he probably would have missed the first two, [Games] one and two, just based on the fact that it was during training camp. It is what it is. We’re here right now. It’s too late to do that. He’s fighting through pain, playing through pain. That shows you what type of guy he is.”
Mayfield had to apologize via Twitter and the quarterback has a track record of not apologizing for anything, really, so you know he really stepped in it this time.
1. As for OBJ wanting a trade, surely, you can be upset. The man gets paid a ton of money, he’s been here months and he’s already looking to make his next move.
2. I’m not sure I’m going to get any converts on this, but would life be so bad with OBJ? I won’t pretend to know how much the hernia is impacting his season, but the guy sure looks like a player living off what he’s done in the past.
I’ve written this before: My kids as me “How’s OBJ doing.” I replay: “Kids, I’ll let you know when he does something.”
3. Beckham had 35 touchdowns his first three seasons. In the three years since, he has 11. He currently has two for the Browns, despite playing in all 12 games. Prior to this season, his lowest mark for touchdowns in a season was 2017, when he missed 12 games because of injury.
4. I don’t buy that it’s the Browns fault for ruining him. Jarvis Landry is managing to put together a pretty stellar season, so you pin it all on Mayfield and Freddie Kitchens.
5. The Browns might be able to really boost their roster by trading OBJ, because as the roster tells us, this team is still in grave need of help on the line, at tight end, and also at linebacker.
6. I think it’s unlikely the Browns will trade him, for the same reason they won’t fire Freddie Kitchens. Doing so would be an indictment of GM John Dorsey. The front office veteran, in all his great wisdom, let it ride on both Kitchens and OBJ.
Giving up on either is the same as the GM admitting that maybe he doesn’t know as much as we all think. Of course, the ego on Dorsey would fill all the Great Lakes, so don’t look for these moves to go down.
7. Baker hating on the training staff looks bad, only because he’s the quarterback. He’s got to know by this point, that even though he’s a player, his position is that of management. As the face of the franchise, you can’t do this, publicly, anyway.
8. All the drama, and this is on a day the Browns won. As Cleveland fans, we should never take a win for granted, but the smoke emanating out of the Factory of Sadness follows the trends that this sad season continues to take.