Beckham has had three consecutive injury-plagued years, where has failed to produce at the level he is expected to for how much he’s getting paid. That’s exactly the same thing said about Randy Moss. Moss had three years in 2004, 2005 and 2006 where he was banged up and terrible. It was so bad that many expected him to be out of the league by 2008. The Vikings had given up on Moss and sent him to the Raiders where he put up just barely over 1,000 in his first year.
Then things went downhill even worst in year two.
Even with the former Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks throwing him the ball, the Raiders were ghastly and despite the quarterback situation being as bad in 2006 as it ever was in Cleveland, a lot of blame fell on Moss. Maybe more than he deserved. He was traded by the Vikings to the Raiders and the Raiders gave up a first-round draft pick. The Raiders got back a fourth-round draft pick from the Patriots when they traded him to New England. That first year in New England, Moss put up just shy of 1,500 yards receiving and 23 touchdowns. It was his second-most yards gained and the most touchdowns he ever hauled in.
It’s always possible that Beckham does that for the Browns, even if it isn’t the likeliest of options. Another example that pops to mind is Grant Hill of the NBA, who signed a huge deal with Orlando and ended up playing less than half of the games throughout his tenure there, and only played 60 games twice.
Then he goes to Phoenix and through his first three seasons there only misses three games. Sure he wasn’t the same player but he was serviceable and a viable starter. That’s the hope for Beckham; that he falls somewhere between “career-defining year” like Moss and “manages to just be healthy finally” like Hill. If the Browns can get 1,000 yards, eight touchdowns, no injuries, and no drama, I think the fanbase will be happy.