Odell Beckham Jr. Released From Cleveland Browns

By: John McCormick Jr.

This past week, Odell Beckham Jr. is moving again as the Cleveland Browns released him from the team. The veteran wide receiver expressed his disappointment with the organization and was picked up from the waiver wire by the Los Angeles Rams. 

Beckham being in the spotlight for his dramatic gimmicks is not a new concept. The wideout ran into a similar issue with the team that brought him into the league, the New York Giants. However, it is evident that Beckham wants to win now as he stated, “I want to play for a winning organization.” 

They were Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, and New England Patriots. All five teams are playoff contenders and offer a role Beckham could fill, but the Rams found themselves winning the battle to acquire him.

The LA Rams seem like a perfect match for OBJ as they currently sit at the top of the league with a 7-2 record. However, alongside the winning atmosphere, wide receiver Robert Woods suffered an ACL tear during practice. Woods and his teammate Cooper Kupp have been a critical element to the Rams’ success, and now Beckham has a chance to fill the role Woods once had. 

Beckham’s new deal with the Rams entails a one-year contract worth up to $4.25 million and a starting position at wideout. 

“I took much time in the decision-making, and it wasn’t to build anticipation or nothing,” said Beckham in an interview when arriving at the Rams facility. “This is my life, and I feel like I’ve been through a lot. I’m at a point in my life where I’m ready to play football; I’ve dedicated, I’ve sacrificed a lot to be here. So it just happened that this felt right in my heart and in my soul.”

The 2021 season for OBJ has been mediocre. The Browns, sitting at 5-4 in the AFC North, have been a run-heavy offense this year, leading to a decline in pass attempts. The receiver’s frustration led to him releasing a video of him running routes and getting zero action thrown his way. 

In 2019, Beckham was playing for the New York Giants, and winning a championship was not his card. Later that year, the Giants made a blockbuster trade to the Cleveland Browns, where Beckham would join former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry. Three years later, Beckham will now be suiting up for his third team in his career. 

“I think he’s a perfect fit for the Rams considering their offense was already good and now adding him takes it up a notch,” said Joe Staino, a senior communication and media studies double major. “Also, I think him being in LA is good because he loves being in the spotlight, and what better place to be to get that kind of attention.”

Rams head coach Sean McVey stated that OBJ would not be playing his first game Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers but later stated that he would be active and could be seen returning some punts. 

The future of Odell Beckham Jr. is to be determined. Has he finally found the final resting place of his career, or will he find himself unhappy again due to the lack of winning?

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