Odell Beckham

It's time to pump brakes on Odell Beckham Jr. to Patriots rumors

It's time to pump brakes on Odell Beckham Jr. to Patriots rumors

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. 

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“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. 

NFL trade rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. has told coaches 'come get me'

NFL trade rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. has told coaches 'come get me'

Get ready for another wild NFL offseason of trade rumors surrounding elite wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The Cleveland Browns star has been telling opposing coaches and players to “come get me,” per FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer. Watch Glazer’s report from Sunday’s pregame show in the tweet below:

The Patriots reportedly were interested in trading for Beckham before the New York Giants dealt him to Cleveland in March.

New England has battled through a lack of both depth and top-tier talent at wide receiver this season. The Patriots also have lacked a deep threat at the position in 2019. Therefore, making another run at Beckham would be a smart move for the Patriots. Beckham has been very complimentary of the Patriots over the last few years, and he even gave quarterback Tom Brady GOAT cleats after New England’s Week 8 win over Cleveland.

The Browns have performed well below expectations this season. Instead of fighting for a playoff spot or even winning the AFC North division, Cleveland enters Week 14 with a disappointing 5-7 record and likely another cold winter without postseason football.

Beckham’s stats haven’t been great in his first season with the Browns, but a lot of that is on the coaching staff and quarterback Baker Mayfield. Beckham has not been featured enough in the passing attack. The 27-year-old wide receiver has tallied 57 receptions for 805 yards and two touchdowns through 12 games.

Beckham is signed through the 2023 season with a salary cap hit of about $15 million.

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Why Odell Beckham Jr. may still want to play for the Patriots

Why Odell Beckham Jr. may still want to play for the Patriots

Odell Beckham Jr. isn't shy when it comes to his admiration for Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and all things New England Patriots.

The star Cleveland Browns wide receiver recently admitted catching passes from Brady was "always a dream of his" and talked about the immense respect he has for Belichick. Given those comments, along with how things are currently going for Beckham with the Browns, NBC Sports' Mike Florio wonders whether Beckham still wants to make that dream of playing in a Patriots uniform a reality.

“It reminded me a little bit of a postgame press conference from Randy Moss when he was playing for the Vikings the second time around,” Florio said Thursday. “They lost to the Patriots in Foxboro, Moss laid it on thick about the Patriots and the Vikings cut him the next day. Not that the Browns are going to do that, but if you watch and listen to the full 13 minutes and you pay attention to how many times it comes up, it’s very nonchalant by Beckham.

"Like, he doesn’t realize it could be a problem by being that lavish in your praise because you have a head coach, you have a quarterback who may be listening and saying, ‘Man, maybe he wants to play in New England.’ I came away from the 13 minutes thinking maybe this guy wants to play in New England.

". .. When he says, ‘I don’t know what it takes to be like them,’ that tells me he’s yet to experience anything that in his heart and in his mind reminds him of New England. I can’t imagine that there weren’t members of the Browns organization, whether it was coach Freddie Kitchens, quarterback Baker Mayfield, ownership, GM, whoever, who listened to those comments yesterday and said, ‘I don’t think this guy really wants to be here.'”

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Florio goes on to note that while the Patriots trading for Beckham before the Oct. 29 deadline is improbable, "we've seen crazier things happen."

Obviously, none of this means Pats fans should look forward to Beckham donning a Pats uniform anytime soon, if ever. But one can dream, just as OBJ has.

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