Browns news: Odell Beckham Jr. shoots down trade rumor to Patriots
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Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. shoots down trade rumor to Patriots

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Odell Beckham Jr. was rumored to have interest in a trade to the New England Patriots, but the star wide receiver affirmed his commitment to his current team, the Cleveland Browns, on Monday evening.

“U can find me in The LAND homie!”, Odell Beckham, 27, wrote on his official Twitter page Monday. “We got unfinished business.”

Beckham was responding to Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star left-handed pitcher Alex Wood calling for the star Browns receiver to make his way to the Patriots in the wake of former NFL MVP quarterback Cam Newton’s stunning agreement to play for the AFC East club.

Newton, 31, was released by his longtime Carolina Panthers earlier this offseason, making him a highly coveted free agent on the market. Apparently, though, the Patriots were truly the only team in contention or that interested in acquiring Newton (not the Browns).

Newton has been a fixture of Beckham’s offseason workouts, however, making the former’s move to New England all that more intriguing given Beckham’s persistent presence in NFL trade rumors. Beckham arrived with the Browns via trade with his former squad, the New York Giants, with whom he won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014, just 15 months prior.

In his debut season with the Browns, Beckham recorded over 1,000 receiving yards on 74 catches, scoring four touchdowns in 16 games. The former LSU teammate of current Cleveland compadre Jarvis Landry also dealt with a nagging groin injury in 2019.

Newton could immediately succeed future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady under center for the Patriots. The star gunslinger opted to sign a fully guaranteed $50 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. The Browns will look to Baker Mayfield to see if he can turn things around in 2020.