The Cleveland Browns made one of the biggest splashes of the NFL offseason by acquiring Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans in a blockbuster deal. The Browns then doubled down and gave Watson an eye-popping five-year, fully-guaranteed $230 million contract.
Baker Mayfield is headed out, although nobody knows where he’s headed. Amari Cooper made his way to Cleveland via a trade, and Jarvis Landry was released in a cost-cutting move.
In another interesting twist, it turns out that former Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t opposed to a Cleveland reunion.
Odell Beckham Jr. could find his way in a Browns uniform once again
How quickly things have changed.
A few months ago, Beckham’s time in Cleveland ended in an ugly fashion and was released. Then, he made his way to the Los Angeles Rams and played a massive role en route to a Super Bowl title.
Fast forward to the end of March 2022, and Beckham isn’t shutting down a return to the Browns (h/t May Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com).
” … now that Mayfield is on his way out and three-time Pro Bowler Deshaun Watson is here, Beckham, 29, wouldn’t rule out coming back if the Browns were interested.”Mary Kay Cabot
According to Cabot, Beckham is considering a return to the Browns and reports that Beckham wanted to leave due to a falling out with Mayfield.
Beckham’s recent Twitter activity is even more interesting, and the free-agent WR didn’t rule out a return there.
Now, he didn’t exactly appear to be intrigued by the idea, although Cabot’s report suggests there is interest — if the Browns are interested, that is.
The players in Cleveland would likely welcome him back with open arms, mainly since guys like Myles Garrett actively supported Beckham even after his departure.
Beckham pulling off a 360 and going from the Browns to the Rams to a Super Bowl champion and back to Cleveland would be something.
The Browns should be interested in Odell Beckham Jr. despite the way everything ended
Things didn’t end very well in Cleveland. After Beckham’s father posted a video about Mayfield, the WR was released shortly after and headed to the free-agent market.
But, with Mayfield out of the picture, things are much different. The Browns appear poised to be contenders in the AFC and have holes on the WR depth chart with Landry gone and Rashard Higgins heading to the Carolina Panthers.
Watson is a monumental upgrade over Mayfield, even if the new Browns QB didn’t play in 2021.
A WR group of Cooper, Beckham and Donovan Peoples-Jones would be an excellent group for Watson. Beckham is slated to miss much of the 2022 season as he recovers from a Super Bowl 56 ACL injury. Moreover, one medical expert even suggested that Beckham take the entire year off for his well-being.
Still, the Browns could ink Beckham to a cheap deal, roll with Cooper and Peoples-Jones for the time being. Then, they could have Beckham for the final stretch of the regular season and the postseason.
Nick Chubb is still one of the better running backs in the league, and the Browns gave David Njoku a new paycheck.
The weapons are there for the Browns to succeed on offense, and Beckham would be a great fit on the Cleveland offense — especially with Watson throwing the ball instead of Mayfield.
The market has not been too kind to Beckham, and the injury is a big reason. Perhaps the Kansas City Chiefs kick the tires on Beckham following the shocking trade of Tyreek Hill. Maybe the Rams decide to bring Beckham back. However, the Rams’ contract to Allen Robinson II makes it unlikely that Beckham returns to LA in 2022.
So, the Browns could be the perfect fit for Beckham, believe it or not.