Cleveland Browns bold prediction: Odell Beckham traded to NFC playoff team

Cleveland Browns OBJ. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns OBJ. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

If you’re looking for a bold trade prediction involving the Cleveland Browns, one writer floated the trade of Odell Beckham to the Green Bay Packers.

The Cleveland Browns remain one of the offseason’s biggest mysteries when talking about player movement now that Paul DePodesta and Andrew Berry are the ones front and center running the show.

What does that mean for star receiver Odell Beckham Jr? The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia made a list of bold predictions, and one of those prognostications had OBJ being traded to the Packers!

The writer detailed how the Packers were supposedly close to landing an explosive offensive player at the NFL trade deadline, but the deal didn’t work out.

Now, with Aaron Rodgers playing at age 37, Kapadia thinks the Packers need to act, pairing Beckham with DeVante Adams and giving Green Bay’s quarterback one more shot at his second Lombardi Trophy.

Berry, who was just introduced to the media as the new executive vice president of football operations, said OBJ is in the plans for 2020, but that he needs to fit into the Browns’ culture of being “smart, tough and accountable.

This may harken back to a rumor that broke over a weekend, which speculated OBJ’s time in Cleveland may depend on how willing he is to participate in voluntary workouts.

Let’s say Kapadia’s prediction comes to fruition. So, what’s the haul for OBJ. Remember, the Browns trade their first-round pick (17th overall) and Jabril Peppers for the wideout. Well, Kapadia thinks Cleveland could get a first and a player, or maybe a first and a fifth.

Call me crazy, but I don’t think the Browns could get a first-round pick for Beckam. If they could, I think the analytics department, which is now in charge at Browns HQ, would jump all over the offer.

While predictions are fun, in reality, look for Beckham to be on the team, at least for another season. Right after the season, owner Jimmy Haslam talked about the organization’s core players, and Beckham’s name was brought up specifically.

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New coach Kevin Stefanski has also talked about meeting with OBJ and laying out expectations, and now Berry, being the latest to talk about his receiver’s role next season.