The Cleveland Browns currently have 6 players under contract that play the Wide Receiver (WR) position. Two of those guys account for a high percentage of the Browns salary and are scheduled to make close to $30 million dollars combined this upcoming season. One of these men is currently rehabbing a season-ending injury suffered in late October, and the other is coming off another solid season. Those guys are Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry. There is a third guy, Donovan Peoples-Jones, who showed some flash in his rookie season. Then there are the rotational guys there for depth purposes like Ja’Marcus Bradley, Derrick Willies, and Ryan Switzer, respectfully. There’s a possibility that the Browns could look to boost that wide receiver room a bit this off-season as an attempt to make it more talented.
This is the time of year where you will find many articles circulating with rumors that the Browns will move on from Odell Beckham. A lot of people probably should first calm themselves down, and secondly, remember it’s silly season… these things happen.
If you search outside of Cleveland, Ohio into the world of national media, you may hear stories of Beckham being a problem in the locker room or a “me guy”. If you listen to the Browns brass, they’ll tell you how much they love Odell, how much his teammates love him, and the impact he has on and off the field. Personally, I do not see the Browns trading Beckham unless it was strictly business. The truth, however, is that the Browns can handle off-season business without even thinking about moving the superstar wideout. His cap number does not stop any show, at least for now.
Kevin Stefanski met with the media yesterday on a zoom call and talked a bit about evolving the offense and making it more explosive for the 2021 season. “We want to make sure we’re exploring all those avenues that stick true to who we are, but also allow our guys to grow in this scheme and just find ways to be more explosive on offense,” Stefanski told the media. He went further into detail about the work he and his staff has started to put in as far as retooling and making the tweaks needed to counter whatever film has been put on tape for opposing teams. The keywords for me were “allow our guys to grow in the scheme” key in on “our guys” Odell is not going anywhere.
Not only should the Browns retain what they currently have in that wide receiver room, but they should also spend a few bucks on another quality wideout in free agency. There are reports surfacing linking the Browns to Breshad Perriman, who has spent some time with the team in the past. While I am not opposed to that addition, let’s consider how many talented receivers are on the market this free agency and how it is more than possible to add a quality guy at a discounted price. Curtis Samuels, Will Fuller, and Kenny Golladay just to name a few.
Andrew Berry has at least this 2021 season minimum before worrying about saving or dumping players for cap purposes. It is important that the Browns capitalize while they can on bolstering a roster where the majority of your top talent is playing on a rookie deal. That will not be the case for much longer, and I say handle your business and take advantage now!