Rumor has it that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has an interest in returning to Cleveland to play for the Browns after the team signed quarterback Deshaun Watson. The weird part is the breakup between Cleveland and Odell was not a good one at all…
Last season, Odell asked for a trade multiple times and ended up being released by the Browns. The Los Angeles Rams picked him up and he ended up actually scoring a touchdown in the Super Bowl as a part of that squad.
In the 2021 regular season, OBJ had 17 catches for 232 yards and no touchdowns in Cleveland. For the Rams, he caught 27 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns.
Certainly, it ended up appearing that the quarterback relationship between Baker Mayfield and Odell compared to Matthew Stafford and Odell was much better in Los Angeles.
Currently, a free agent looking to sign with a team for the upcoming season, could Odell really end up back in Cleveland?
The Browns have the cap space and pairing OBJ alongside recently acquired wide receiver Amari Cooper would make for a fantastic duo that would be great for Watson and the Browns.
Now, it’s not that simple…
With Beckham Jr. comes a lot of baggage as Browns fans know. This is a huge personality and someone that would draw a lot of attention to a team that already has a ton of it with all of the Watson news. Additionally, it was reported that Odell told free agents not to come to Cleveland. That was when Baker was still the QB1. The other concern would be the ACL that Odell continues to re-injure as he did in the Super Bowl with the Rams.
I’ll be honest, I was not a fan of Odell after he was not on the Browns. I felt that he checked out of his time here in Cleveland due to the fact that it wasn’t working out with his quarterback. However, it is reported that OBJ liked the rest of his teammates and that is a big reason why he would consider a return.
Ultimately, the Browns front office is going to have to decide if Odell is worth the aforementioned baggage. Would it be a better match because of Watson over Mayfield? I think so…
If I was in charge of the Browns and Odell wanted to return for a reasonable price I would sign him to a one-year deal. See how everything goes and if he has a great season then we can talk long-term. After all, he’s only 29.
The Browns also have to figure out if they would like to try and sign Jarvis Landry.
It’s an exciting time to be a Browns fan and adding more weapons for Watson cannot hurt.