The Cleveland Browns have fallen well below the high level of expectations that were set before them ahead of the 2019 season. It has now created chatter around star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after his mysterious comments about his long-term future with the franchise beyond the 2019 season. That noise has now become even louder with another report showing what his true desire may be concerning his fate in Cleveland.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s puzzling comments
It hasn’t been anywhere near the type of season that the Browns had envisioned. They enter the final month of the year below the .500 mark with their playoff fate entirely out of their hands.
That has led to internal rumblings that Beckham Jr. isn’t happy with the situation that has developed in Cleveland. That was made evident by his comments earlier this week, where he stated that he didn’t know what lay ahead of him beyond the 2019 season.
Beckham Jr. attempted to clear up his words via social media by stating that he didn’t say he wanted out. Still, it’s hard to take anything other than him being non-committal to the franchise despite having the long-term security of being in only the first year of his five-year, $90 million deal.
The 27-year-old has proven throughout his career that he isn’t shy about expressing his opinions publicly, which this time has put a huge cloud over his long-term future in Cleveland. However, there are additional reports that suggest that Beckham Jr. may not be as forthcoming as previously believed.
What Odell Beckham Jr.’s is telling other teams
Over the years, it has been quite challenging to get a definitive read on Beckham Jr.’s desires in the league. The star wide receiver is moving through a tough first season with the Browns, which has seen the team fall well below where many believed they would be.
It’s a situation that has continued to compound with reports suggesting that Beckham Jr. may want out of Cleveland. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports further confirmed that notion on Sunday morning by revealing that the three-time Pro Bowler has been telling other teams and coaches to get him.
“Throughout this year, Odell Beckham has actually told other players and coaches before games, during games, ‘Hey, come get me. come get me out of here.’ Remember, it was not Odell’s choice to go to the Cleveland Browns. He got traded there…I don’t see that relationship ending well for them after this year.
The fact that Beckham Jr. is reportedly going to this length to express his desire to leave shows his genuine feelings about the Browns. It’s a situation that hasn’t worked out in the manner that was hoped that has quickly turned sour, which many could argue is premature given that their issues could lie more so with the coaching staff than the lackluster production from the offense with Baker Mayfield under center.
Nonetheless, this puts another potential distraction around the franchise with one of its core pieces wanting to play elsewhere.
What lies ahead of Odell Beckham Jr. in Cleveland
It hasn’t been a fruitful 2019 campaign, but there is still a sizable portion of the regular season left to where things could change significantly.
Their playoff hopes may be out of their hands, but a strong finish could lend well to building something sustainable that extends well beyond this year. There is also the real possibility of a coaching change with first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens potentially being out after this season.
Cleveland may have fallen into all-too-familiar disappointment concerning their play on the field, but the franchise has a clear desire to keep Beckham Jr. as a centerpiece to their long-term future. Beyond that, this situation has further emphasized the need for some notable change to the franchise.
In the meantime, Beckham Jr.’s future with the Browns is a discussion that won’t have any true clarity until next offseason.