Odell Beckham Jr. will likely once again be getting what he wants — a new quarterback, and team.
The week began with Beckham’s father criticizing Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield on social media, and now the Browns are planning to release the polarizing wide receiver Friday, according to Pro Football Talk.
Odell Beckham Sr. posted a video on social media Tuesday detailing instances in which his son was open and Mayfield either did not throw to him or threw off target. Beckham had just one catch for 6 yards in the Browns’ Week 8 loss to the Steelers, and has just 17 catches for 232 yards and no touchdowns on the season.
Beckham was officially excused from practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Head coach Kevin Stefanski, on Wednesday, did not deny a report that the 29-year-old receiver would not continue to be part of the team.
Beckham has not commented on the video publicly.
“I’ve had conversations with his dad before, man to man, face to face,” Mayfield told reporters Wednesday. “I was pretty surprised by the video and the intentions and the feelings behind it. I’d be lying if I said otherwise. But hurt? Nah, I’m good. I’ll be all right.”
Beckham is due to make $15.75 million this year and has two more years on his contract, but does not have any guaranteed money in his deal beyond this season. The move to release him will reportedly be accompanied by a revised contract that eases the financial obligation Cleveland would still owe Beckham if he is not claimed off waivers.
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