Browns: 4 players under contract who should not be brought back

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Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham has played in just 82 of a possible 112 regular-season games. He’s had a torn hamstring, he’s had an ankle fracture, he’s had a hernia, and now a torn ACL. He’s also had issues with his hip and thighs that continues to this very day. Beckham hasn’t been healthy in nearly five years. Yet, people still think he’s going to return to his 2016 form. He’s not. His best offering is what we saw from him in 2019 and that’s not worth $15 million.

So it’s time to move on.

Cutting Beckham would result in him costing the Browns $12 million in cap penalties. Trading him, however, would result in no negative cap impacts. The team would save $15.75 million for the cap and would be able to probably sign both Nick Chubb and Wyatt Teller to new deals.

At this point, you move him for what you can get. He’s a malcontent with a history of bad decisions to his name, on top of the fact that he’s not been the star player he used to be. Maybe a desperate franchise like Detroit or Houston will take a run at him, but he’s not a star anymore and no one should expect a star’s ransom for him.

The Browns were one of the best offenses in the league in 2020 without Beckham. That means the Browns should reinvest Beckham’s money in other players, like Nick Chubb and Wyatt Teller; two players the team actually needs.