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Browns--Is It Time to Cut OBJ?


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The trade deadline is past and the Browns still have OBJ on the team.  Prior to the trade deadline, OBJ's father posted a video of OBJ being open and the ball not going his way.  It is obvious that OBJ wants to leave the Browns.  Mayfield said he was "disappointed but not hurt" by the video.  When HC Kevin Stefanski was asked if OBJ was still part of the team he simply said OBJ was excused for today.  

Ever since OBJ has been at Cleveland there have been complaints that he hasn't been targeted enough by Mayfield, that there is something out of whack with their "chemistry."  Stefanski doesn't seem to have been able to fix that either.  So, it appears the Browns are at a crossroads with OBJ.  His attitude can be poison.  Ask the Giants who traded him to Cleveland.  

Cleveland.com reporter, Terry Pluto, wrote an article detailing the trouble.  Cleveland offered to trade Odell but there weren't any takers due to his high cap hit and injury history.  Odell had three seasons with the Giants where he was elite, and then injuries began to take him off the field.  In 2017 he fractured an ankle that needed surgery.  He missed 12 games.  In 2018 he had a serious quad injury and again missed games.  In 2019 he played every game but didn't practice due to a hernia injury that hampered him all season and was repaired in the offseason.  In 2020, he tore his ACL in the seventh game and missed the rest of the season.  This season, his shoulder popped out during a game and he indicated that is fairly common for him.  If you are counting, he's missed 27 games out of 45 since 2017.  Has he been open and Mayfield failed to get him the ball?  Absolutely, like all receivers.  But has Mayfield been scrambling and looking for an open receiver and OBJ is no where to be seen because he's injured and not on the field?  Yes, a whole lot more often than Baker misses him when he is on the field and open.  OBJ may be disappointed with the number of targets he gets when on the field but, his absences have also been disappointing.  When he was healthy, he was an elite receiver.  Is he still that guy?  Hard to believe he is with all the injuries he's sustained.  I regret what could have been and wasn't.  But it isn't all on Mayfield or the coaches or the scheme.  You have to be on the field to get the ball.  I would love to see flashes of what made Beckham so great in the past.   So, I think the time has come.  It is mutually beneficial to both OBJ and the Browns to part company now.  I hope he lands on a team that can find a way to get him plenty of touches and I sincerely hope he can stay healthy and regain the athleticism and the production that goes with all the swag.  

What do you think?  How much does OBJ have left in the tank and how much is the fault of Mayfield?  

 

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Aside from Rod Tidwell, there has never been an athlete able to build their brand off of one play more than OBJ (in a loss, btw). While I know he went on to have some great numbers after "the greatest catch ever," I really believe that was the start of his downfall.

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1 hour ago, bugatti said:

Aside from Rod Tidwell, there has never been an athlete able to build their brand off of one play more than OBJ (in a loss, btw). While I know he went on to have some great numbers after "the greatest catch ever," I really believe that was the start of his downfall.

He's a good receiver, of course. But take that catch away, I don't think he gets the hype he has since. 

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1 hour ago, gchs_uk9 said:

Always sell early on receivers instead of late.

I agree and isn't it Coach Belichick that says he likes to send players on their way a couple of years before the end of their careers?

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1 hour ago, TheDeuce said:

He's a good receiver, of course. But take that catch away, I don't think he gets the hype he has since. 

Absolutely. He was a social media creation and he got caught up in it more than anyone else.

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D-I-V-A!!! But, somebody will sign him. What's the old saying?....no honor among thieves lol. The Browns certainly didn't seem to miss him today.

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He wants to sign with the Packers, Saints or Chiefs.    If I'm a team with a legit chance at a title and pretty good locker room chemistry, I'm not going anywhere near OBJ.

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