A return to Cleveland doesn’t seem to be in the cards for free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, a league source said Wednesday it would be “unlikely” the Browns will bring Beckham back. In March, Browns safety John Johnson II posted an Instagram live that Beckham would return to Cleveland. Here’s what Johnson said when asked about his earlier OBJ post on Wednesday:
“It was kind of a shot in the dark. That was me recruiting. Honestly, there was no backstory to it. There was no insider information. It was just like, ‘I want him here. I’ve got a feeling that he might come back. ‘ But I don’t know. We’ll see. “
Beckham tore his left knee in the ACL in the second quarter of the Rams’ 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. At the time, Beckham was on his way to a monster game with two receptions for 52 yards and the game’s first touchdown.
He tested his surgically-repaired left knee over the weekend by crashing the Rams head coach Sean McVay could also return to Los Angeles. Per Pro Football Talk:
Beckham was “looking great” on the dance floor, McVay said, with the Rams team physician Neal ElAttrache reminding the receiver to take it easy. It took Beckham 11 months to return from the first ACL tear of his left knee. His most recent surgery came 22.
The Rams still hope to re-sign Beckham, according to McVay.
“I said, ‘You crashed my wedding, you re-sign with the Rams then, man.’ That ‘sa given right there. … He was a baller. Want to try to be able to get him back. Would love to work with him every single day. … Would love to have Odell back, and if he was ready to do this thing again, nobody would be more excited than to have him back with us. “
On Monday, Outkick NFL reporter Armando Salguero reported that the Browns could be an option for Beckham, which now seems unlikely. Salguero also reported Jarvis Landry is recruiting Beckham to join him on the New Orleans Saints.
When Jarvis Landry joined the New Orleans Saints, returning to Louisiana where he played college football at LSU, he immediately made an effort to get Beckham Jr. to join him with the Saints. Beckham Jr. And Landry is close friends and both played at LSU and with the Cleveland Browns together. “I’ve been trying,” Landry said of his press release on Beckham.
(NJ Advance Media’s Mike Rosenstein contributed to this report.)
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