Not easily replaced
There aren’t a lot of high-end options to replace Beckham. There’s plenty of receivers in the draft, and there will be some valuable free agents who play the position but the upside of Beckham is that he’s the best or one of the five best receivers in the game. If there’s a receiver on the free agency market, he’s not going to be a top-five positional player. So what do you do? Sign a 30-year-old veteran to a three year deal worth $40 million in the hopes he can have a career resurgence in Cleveland?
Do you draft a rookie and hope that he turns out more like Kevin Johnson or Josh Cribbs and less like Quincy Morgan or Andre Davis? Do you look for a trade partner and repeat the same cycle of abuse that the Browns got into in the previous off-season? I’m sure the Giants would love to take a call from the Browns again.
So that’s the situation you’re in. Maybe Beckham is done as a top-flight receiver. Maybe he’s not going to ever be a Pro Bowl level player ever again. Maybe his time as a top guy is done. Maybe but can you find a guy who’ll be as good if not better than whatever Beckham still is? That’s the question. Even a broken, battered, and lacking Beckham is still good enough to hit the century mark every once in a while during the season. Even though the team is the poster child for bad receiving corps, (hello every other wide Browns receiver in 2019 not named Landry) the fact is we saw how hard it was to get a slot receiver who was worth a damn.
Try to imagine replacing a starter, a slot receiver and looking for a backup or two in the draft. This is like trying to find a new wedding dress, a new bridal party and a new woman to marry ON THE DAY OF THE WEDDING. We don’t need to overly complicate the issue.