Keeping Jarvis Landry happy
This is the most obvious of reasons. Beckham’s best friend is Jarvis Landry. Landry is the Cleveland Browns’ best wide receiver. Keeping Landry happy is paramount. If Landry isn’t happy, then he may want out of Cleveland. That would be all sorts of bad for the team. They can’t afford to lose their two best receivers. Especially not one who’s arguably a top-five talent at his position. So yes, if you move Beckham you need to worry about if Landry would want out too. They’re very good friends dating back to their time at LSU together. They always wanted to play pro-ball together and this is their chance.
So if you trade Beckham away, will Landry be ok with that? Sure, on one hand, Landry is a professional and should know these situations happen all the time. On the other hand, Landry once fought a dude on the field and threw punches at a man’s helmet. He’s not always the most logical in highly emotional situations is the point. Would Landry see this as a move to better the whole or would he take it as a personal swipe that they’d break the two up.
That’s part of the issue here. You had to go get the man’s best friend, ensuring that if you ever lose one, you may lose both. There’s the chance that Landry is a pro and would completely understand it as long as it’s done respectfully and with care. There’s also a chance he throws cleats at First Energy Stadium while screaming out “….YOU ARE A FACTORY OF SADNESS!”
Losing Landry would not help this team and would hurt Baker Mayfield‘s development. Which by the way, isn’t contingent on “year three” like so many idiots keep saying. Imagine if Drew Brees was given up on after his third year. The year he lead his team to a 2-9 record and where he threw 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Good thing the Chargers dumped him after that season.