On Thursday, Odell Beckham Jr. told media covering the Cleveland Browns, “no one knows what the future holds,” when asked about his future with the team, though he also said, “this is exactly where I’m at now and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.”
On Friday, Beckham tweeted, “I NEVER said I was not happy in Cleveland” and that he’s disappointed in how the season has gone like others are.
Reading between the lines, it seems Beckham was trying to avoid saying anything controversial, especially since he has been criticized throughout his NFL career for not saying the right thing to some.
What he says publicly and what he says privately may be two different things.
Via a report from Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer on Sunday, Beckham has been telling opponents he doesn’t want to stay in Cleveland.
“Here’s the thing: People are now surprised about what’s happening and what he’s saying in Cleveland, but players around the league and coaches, they’re not,” Glazer said. “Let me fill you in why: Because throughout this year, Odell Beckham has actually told other players and coaches before games, during, ‘Hey come get me, come get me.’
“Remember, it was not Odell’s choice to go to the Cleveland Browns. He got traded there. Now, also, there’s reports he needs sports hernia surgery. I’ve got to say, I don’t see that relationship ending well for them after this year.”
Glazer is pretty plugged in when it comes to Beckham: he was reporting that the Giants were going to trade the Pro Bowler while New York was still denying it would happen; lo and behold, Beckham was traded.
Beckham is playing with his best friend, Jarvis Landry, and it probably helps that the two have each other to lean on as the Browns struggle through a disappointing season, but Beckham has been on losing teams for all but one year in his career and could be looking for a change.
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