The Browns need to send Odell Beckham home after his latest stunt.
Odell Beckham and his father just nuked the Browns locker room. There is no recovery from this, not with The Browns anyway. The team has had to deal with his dysfunctional attitude for years, and now Beckham just proved once and for all that he’s only in this for himself. Despite Baker Mayfield having what could’ve been a great game, if only his teammates didn’t drop six or seven passes, there’s still a narrative that Mayfield is the problem. He’s not, he’s had some of his most accurate passing games this year and he’s doing it with a torn left shoulder. An injury so bad that he has to have it pinned down. Yet, he’s still throwing a great ball. The team is 4-4, however, and a lot of that falls on the offense.
Namely, its”star” receivers, which include Beckham, Jarvis Landry, and Austin Hooper. Right here is where the fans will split into two sets; the “Baker is the problem” or “the receivers are the problem”.
Let’s be clear, I’m not a “Baker is the problem” kind of guy. I’ve seen too much of him to think he can’t play quarterback. I’ve seen too much of the last 20 years to think the Browns can somehow do better than Mayfield. There aren’t many better options than Mayfield that also aren’t loaded with criminal behavior and behavioral issues.
In the state Mayfield is in, the fact he’s playing as well as he is, well frankly, is a miracle. This is the same kind of injury that nearly ended Drew Brees’ career. Mayfield is in immense pain every time he throws, and he’s a better percentage so far this year than last year. So to do the whole “well it’s not his throwing shoulder” argument is asinine. It boggles the mind that when Mayfield makes the right throw and his receiver drops it, that it’s somehow still Mayfield’s fault.
With Beckham’s latest round of antics, however, the conversation is only going to intensify, the criticisms are only going to get more obtuse (more on that in another article.) Beckham needlessly and intentionally poured gasoline on the fire in hopes of forcing a trade and it’s time to send him home because of it.
It’s time to send Odell Beckham home for the season.
Turns out no one but the Saints even called. That’s 100% on Beckham. You can’t have your father post a video on social media, then take time to insult Mayfield in the comment section, and expect to come back from that. Beckham burned the relationship to the ground. This is unsalvagable.
The Browns don’t need Beckham, either. In fact, Beckham has what, one winning season to his name as a player? Clearly, even before the countless injuries, Beckham wasn’t changing the fortunes of the Giants. In his three seasons with the Browns, Cleveland actively plays worse with him in the lineup.
Beckham has always been a magnet for drama. From gear issues in his first year, the watch, his time in New York, and now, it’s so hard to say this whole thing wasn’t orchestrated to try and get Beckham out of Cleveland. A place he allegedly didn’t want to be in any way when the trade first happened and has been pushing to get out of ever since.
Beckham has not worked in Cleveland since Day 1 and the Browns are routinely better without him. It’s time someone says that part out loud and sends him home. If you can’t trade him after the year, you can just cut him and not worry about taking on any money. Sometimes it’s better to get nothing for a player than to keep him around and let him keep destroying the chemistry.