Odell Beckham Jr. is currently in the midst of a contract dispute with the New York Giants — and according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the two sides are at a standstill.
According to Anderson, the Giants currently want to pay Beckham less than $16 million a year, which is what Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins makes. Beckham thinks he’s worth more than that.
If the 25-year-old — who has been with the Giants his entire NFL career — doesn’t get the deal he wants, Cleveland Browns receiver Jarvis Landry thinks he has a solution.
Landry told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com on Monday that Beckham “definitely” would be willing to play for Cleveland this season, and has been actively lobbying for the Browns to trade for him.
“If things like that are able to happen and the team can make it happen, then why not?” Landry told Cleveland.com. “[Beckham] definitely would be [up for it]. He would be.”
The connection for Beckham in Cleveland is definitely there. Beckham and Landry played together in college at LSU, and often work out with each other during the offseasons. He even reportedly worked out with Landry and new Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor at USC just before training camp this fall.
Should the move work, Beckham would be reunited with his college wide receiver coach Adam Henry, too, who is now with the Browns in the same position.
“We’ve had talks,” Landry, who called Beckham one of his best friends in the NFL, told Cleveland.com. “But at the end of the day, I want him to be happy. I want him to get what he deserves and you can’t put nothing on that regardless of where it’s at.”
While it’s still premature, a move landing Beckham in Cleveland would certainly be an interesting one.
Unlike others in similar positions, Beckham didn’t hold out from training camp while pursuing an extension on his rookie deal, of which he’s entering the fifth year option. He has, though, made it abundantly clear all offseason that he wants an extension with the Giants — and told ESPN that he’s hopeful a deal will be locked down in the near future.
“Yeah. I’m optimistic,” Beckham told ESPN. “I’m confident it will all work itself out. It always does.”
Beckham has been with the Giants since 2014, when he won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award. The three-time Pro Bowler missed nearly all of last season with a fractured ankle.
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