What happened with Odell Beckham Jr.? Explaining Browns WR drama with Baker Mayfield after dad’s video

The NFL trade deadline has come and gone, and Odell Beckham Jr. remains a member of the Browns. At least for now.

Beckham’s relationship with Cleveland has clearly soured, and the drama surrounding the talented wideout has reached a tipping point. On Tuesday, Odell Beckham Sr. posted a video to Instagram showing missed chances to throw the ball to his son, and LeBron James showed support for Beckham by sending a tweet that included, the hashtag, “FreeOBJ.”

Even after the deadline has passed, there is certainly no guarantee Beckham will stay a member of the Browns for long. Discussions between his agent and the team would seem to indicate that a release remains a possibility. 

What happened with Odell Beckham Jr.

The Browns made a major splash in acquiring Beckham from the Giants in the hopes of providing Mayfield with another star wide receiver to slot in the offense alongside Jarvis Landry.

Beckham’s tenure in Cleveland has been a disappointment, to say the least. After posting three 1,300-yard receiving seasons in five years in New York, Beckham has struggled to make a similar impact. He caught 74 passes for 1,035 yards in 2019, a career-low for a full season in both targets and yards. 

He missed half the 2020 season with a torn ACL, but between the seven games played in 2020 and six in 2021, he has combined for just 40 receptions and 551 yards and three touchdowns.

Beckham Sr. believes this to be the fault of Mayfield for inadequately getting the ball to his son.

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After the video came out, Mayfield said that he understands that Beckham Sr. wants to see his son succeed, and that he can’t blame him for that.

“I want Odell to succeed,” Mayfield said, according to ESPN. “That’s where we were at — or at least so I thought.”

Regardless of who’s to blame for Beckham’s struggles, it is clear that Beckham wants out of Cleveland.

According to ESPN’s Kimberley A. Martin, Beckham wanted to leave the team, and that while there were some discussions on him being dealt to the Saints, they couldn’t agree to a deal given how much money he is owed.

According to Sportrac, Beckham is owed $14.5 million in base salary in 2021.

Since the deadline passed, Beckham has been sitting out from practice, including on Thursday, when he was excused again from practice, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

This comes after Browns coach Kevin Stefanski reportedly said that Beckham might as well not even be on the team, according to Bally Sport’s Michael Silver.

At least for the moment, Beckham is staying put on the team. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that the team would be willing to just keep him on the roster rather than waive him to this point.

Regardless of his official status with the team, it seems all but certain that when the Browns take on the AFC North rival Bengals on Sunday, Beckham will not be on the field.

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