The Browns have made their decision on Odell Beckham Jr.’s future, according to reports.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Cleveland Browns have made their final decision on Odell Beckham Jr. and plan to release him on Friday.
After Beckham was excused from practice for the second day in a row, Florio broke the news late Thursday night.
The crucial term here is ‘plan,’ because plans are subject to change. However, as Thursday night draws to a close, we’ve learned that the Browns intend to release receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Friday.
If he clears waivers, Florio expects the release to be “followed by a restructured contract that decreases the team’s responsibility to pay Beckham.” If he is claimed, his pay will be picked up by another team. Beckham owes the Browns roughly $8 million for the rest of the season, which was certainly a stumbling block in their decision to release the divisive pass-catcher.
It would have made more sense for the organization to attempt to make it work for that kind of money, but Browns general manager Andrew Berry was negotiating with Beckham’s agent this week on a possible compromise in the form of a buyout.
Browns’ release would mark the end of a tumultuous era.
The move would bring an end to Cleveland’s troubled OBJ period, which never lived up to its full potential and ended on a negative note. The trade deadline was marred by controversy after his father, Odell Beckham Sr., posted a video on social media openly criticizing QB Baker Mayfield.
With a tweet, Lakers star LeBron James joined the “Free Odell” bandwagon, which many saw as a coordinated push by Beckham to get out of Cleveland before the trade deadline.
This week, Mayfield talked eloquently about the situation, saying he’d be prepared to put his ego aside in order to make it work and win games.
“I am willing to go to any length. We’ll work through it and do whatever it takes if he returns. Mayfield told reporters, “I can put my ego and pride aside to win because that is all I care about.” “If not, we’ll stick with the guys we’ve got out there, and those guys will know that I absolutely trust them and that I’m… Nokia News – Quick Recap