The Cleveland Brown and Odell Beckham saga finally ended, with the team waiving him ahead of their Week 9 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
It’s crazy to see it end this way, but after 2 1/2 years, Beckham was a player living off his reputation than for anything he actually produced on field.
His departure, without a doubt, puts the Browns season on the brink. Win against Cincinnati in Week 9, and there’s still hope the 2021 campaign can be salvaged. Lose, and it’ll be rough couple of months around Browns Town.
His departure can be viewed as addition by subtraction, though, as the Browns really found their stride without him en route to the playoff last season. Other factors worked in Cleveland’s favor last season (the schedule is tougher this year), but Beckham’s absence hammered home the point that this isn’t an offense reliant on one player.
With Beckham gone, the Browns are going to need someone to step up and give the Browns some production out of his spot. The bar’s not high. Look no further than Beckham’s one-catch, six-yard performance against the Steelers.
Here’s three Browns who will benefit the most by his departure.