Report: Odell Beckham Jr. trade has never been discussed by Browns
After a disappointing 38-6 loss to AFC North division leader Baltimore Ravens in the opening game of the season, trade rumors involving Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. began to swirl once again. However, one source close to the situation debunked the talks and insisted that the Cleveland Browns had no plans or discussions this season about trading the wide receiver.
“It’s totally not true,” the source told ESPN. “No idea where anyone would have gotten that.”
The former LSU Tiger is currently playing in the third season of his lucrative five-year, $95 million contract extension signed back in 2018 as a member of the New York Giants.
On the field, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was severely limited by the Baltimore Ravens’ stifling defensive line all throughout their Week 1 matchup. He failed to get the ball in the hands of his offensive weapons to which Beckham finished with a lowly tally of 22 receiving yards on three catches in the loss.
The entire Cleveland-based unit was able to bounce back in their second game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Mayfield was evidently more comfortable in making plays and tallied 219 passing yards on an efficient 16 of 23 clip along with two touchdown passes and an interception. Beckham was also better as he recorded 74 receiving yards on 4 catches and a scored touchdown.
The rushing duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt was also at the forefront of the Browns’ scoring attack as they chipped in three total touchdowns. Despite the respectable performance of opposing quarterback Joe Burrow, the Browns still managed to pull away with a 35-30 victory to even their season record at 1-1.
With the trade rumors involving the three-time Pro Bowler being reported to be false, it looks like we will see more of the Mayfield-Beckham combination in the coming seasons.