Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a season-ending knee injury last week for the Cleveland Browns and some believe he played his last game for the Browns. According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, there's a ‘very real possibility' that Beckham won't play another game with Cleveland.
From @NFLGameDay: The #Browns will play their first game without WR Odell Beckham today, and he may have played his last game in Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/d5UI0bK627
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 1, 2020
Early in Cleveland's Week 7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Beckham suffered a knee injury after attempting to make a tackle following a Baker Mayfield interception. He would be carted off of the field and it was discovered that he sustained a torn ACL, effectively ending his season with the Browns.
Talking about the trade or release of Beckham, especially while he's injured, seems to be a bit premature. However, seeing that he hasn't built a consistent rapport with Mayfield, Cleveland could move him during the offseason in 2021.
In his 22 games with the Browns thus far, Beckham has caught only 97 of his 176 targets for 1,354 yards and seven touchdowns. Despite his uninspiring numbers, Beckham has proven that he can still be one of the most dynamic weapons in the NFL when he's given the opportunity.
Even though he's dealing with a serious knee injury, Beckham is expected to make a full recovery. And if that happens, then a handful of teams would likely be interested in the Pro Bowl pass-catcher.
Beckham still has three years remaining on his current contract after the 2020 season, with him holding $45.75 million in cap hits in the next three years. Trading Beckham would create $15.75 million in cap savings in 2021.
Contrary to how he's been portrayed, Beckham has embraced playing for the Browns and has been a leader in the locker room. But if a team is willing to pay the right price for him, Beckham may be suiting up for a new team next season.