Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. appears to be in Cleveland’s long-term plans
The future of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and where he will be playing football in the 2020 season and beyond has been a contentious point of debate during the early dredges of the NFL offseason. But sprasing through the noise, there appears to be an note worth mentioning: The Browns, who have Beckham under contract through the 2023 season, are already featuring the star wideout in the reveal of their new uniforms, which are planned to be released in April.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 3, 2020
When attempting to glean information in a situation as convoluted as where the hotly-debated Beckham will be playing football, any insight leaning in one direction or the other is likely to cause a fervor. Could the Browns deal Beckham before the product release and simply edit him out of the reveal? It’s possible, but doesn’t appear likely.
Coming into 2019, Beckham arrived with considerable hype about how he might perform with a high-octane quarterback like Baker Mayfield. While he finished the year with 74 receptions, 1,035 receiving yards and four touchdowns, many derided the former Pro Bowl wideout for not returning to his epic levels of production that he had upon entering the league with the New York Giants.
The lackluster 2019 year led to the removal of Freddie Kitchens as the team’s head coach. Kevin Stefanski, who was formerly the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, will likely want as many dynamic offensive tools at his disposal as possible, which is another notch in the belt as to why Cleveland may ultimately want to keep Beckham in brown and orange.