Vikings trading for Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. is ‘fake news’
The Minnesota Vikings were reportedly prepared to make a huge splash by attempting to trade for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason. However, it seems the rumors may have been blown out of proportion.
According to Paul Allen of KFAN, there is no credibility to the reports about Beckham being shipped to Minnesota:
— Paul Allen (@PAOnTheMic) April 15, 2020
The report indicated that the deal had involved Beckham being traded to Minnesota in exchange for a second and fifth-round pick in next year’s draft. Given the value of the trade for a player of his caliber, this would have been quite the steal. Instead, it appears to be just some more white noise in the midst of a down period in the offseason.
The prospect of Beckham joining the Vikings was certainly an intriguing. After all, they are in desperate need of some more help on the outside after trading away wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills this offseason. Although quarterback Kirk Cousins has insisted that the offense can rely on more tight end and fullback schemes, it is safe to say that he would be happy to add another Pro Bowl-caliber option alongside wide receiver Adam Thielen.
Unfortunately, the reports indicate that it will not be Beckham. While Minnesota may not be poised to pull off another blockbuster deal, they could still look to fortify their receiving corps through the 2020 NFL Draft. This year’s wideout class is expected to be one of the deepest in recent history and they should have more than enough opportunities to bring an impact player aboard.