Earlier in the week, there was a rumor that the Cleveland Browns were discussing a trade that would send Wr Odell Beckham Jr. to the Minnesota Vikings.
The initial trade rumors sprung up Wednesday when Marc Malusis, a host on WFAN in New York, told listeners he was informed by a source of the potential deal.
So, as I reported this morning on @MandMWFAN, Source has told me that the Browns and Vikings are in discussions on a trade that would send @obj to the Vikings for a 2nd and 5th round pick next year. Trade is not done, but the deal is being discussed.
— Moose™ (@MarcMalusis) April 15, 2020
In a recent conference call, Browns Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta addressed the rumor and called it “completely false.”
Browns’ Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta on reports yesterday about potential discussions between the Browns and Vikings for a trade involving WR Odell Beckham Jr.:
“In short, I will just say it was completely false.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 16, 2020
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cleveland hasn’t had any discussions this offseason about trading Beckham.
Source: the Browns haven’t had any discussions this off-season about trading WR Odell Beckham Jr., despite all the speculation that Cleveland could move him. “That’s the truth,” said team source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 19, 2020
However, this hasn’t stopped many GM’s around the league from believing that it’s only a matter of time before Beckham is traded.
Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman recently reported that “eventually,” Beckham will be traded away from the Browns.
“These sources all believe it’s only a matter of time before Beckham is traded from the Browns, and they don’t believe it’s because of a perceived attitude problem with Beckham,” he reports.
“People have the wrong idea of who he is as a person,” one general manager told Freeman.
Freeman cites that the problem is that Beckham is a bad fit with quarterback Baker Mayfield.
He talks about how Odell Beckham Jr. is demanding of quarterbacks and becomes very frustrated when they’re inaccurate.
Beckham had 1,035 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2019, which were his lowest numbers that he has had in a 16 game season.
Mayfield struggled as well only completing 59.4 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,827 yards, 22 TD’s, and 21 interceptions.
If the Browns want to quiet the chatter, they will have to play better in 2020 as an offensive unit.
Otherwise, with a player like Odell Beckham Jr. on the roster, the outside chatter will never cease.