Despite a losing record in his first season with the Cleveland Browns, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made it known Wednesday that he isn't going anywhere.
Earlier this month, the 27-year-old reportedly told opposing coaches to essentially trade for him because he wanted out of Cleveland. He's since changed his stance and is ready to help the Browns dig themselves out of the hole Freddie Kitchens has put them in.
“I’m not going anywhere. I’ll be here," Beckham Jr. said, according to FOX 8 Cleveland. "We’re going to figure this thing out. It’s just too special to leave,” he added. “We’re going to be here. We’re going to do it again and we’re going to be, you know, what we felt like we should have been and correct all the little mistakes.”
Reports have recently surfaced saying Beckham Jr. wanted to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers or return to the New York Giants. He shot those rumors down immediately, but didn't say anything about the possibility of joining the New England Patriots.
“I definitely, for sure, ain’t going to the Steelers. That would never happen,” Beckham Jr. said. “Talking about returns to New York and all this other stuff, I don’t know people are getting this from. Definitely not going back there either.”
New England reportedly had interest in Beckham Jr. in 2018 before the Giants sent him to Cleveland, but New York refused to deal Beckham to the rival Patriots. If given the opportunity now, it's hard to imagine Beckham Jr. turning down an opportunity to play with Tom Brady before he retires.
He certainly would be a nice addition to the Patriots offense, but maybe he thinks Bill Belichick won't pull the trigger, adding “I didn’t buy a house here [Cleveland] to sell it.”
So while we all had dreams of New England possibly adding another weapon to Brady's arsenal, we now know that it most likely will not be in the form of Beckham Jr.