AP source: Browns and Beckham finalize terms of his release
Odell Beckham Jr.’s messy breakup with the Browns is officially over.
After three days of negotiations, the team and the troublesome receiver agreed to the terms of his release on Saturday, paving the way for him to potentially become a free agent, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
Beckham, who was apologized by the team this week for his conduct, signed the settlement and will be rescinded on Monday, said the person who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.
On Friday, the day of Beckham’s 29th birthday, Browns general manager Andrew Berry said it was time to cut ties with him after two and a half seasons in which the triple Pro Bowler produced some highlights on the ground.
“It’s unfortunate,” Berry said. “But at the same time, there are situations in the NFL where things just don’t work.”
Berry and Beckham’s agent has spent the last few days working out the details of the split, which became inevitable when his father shared a video on social media showing times when Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield failed him. did not throw the ball.
The video’s release came hours before the trade deadline, and the Browns explored Beckham’s move, whose value was diminished by his contract, injuries and lack of productivity.
There were issues much deeper than Odell Beckham Sr.’s personal attack on Mayfield, as Beckham had asked to be traded several times and in recent weeks he has shown his frustration at not being more involved in the Cleveland offensive.
The Browns and Beckham have agreed to eliminate the two remaining unsecured years on his contract after 2021, the person said.
Once Beckham gives up, he can be claimed by a team that is expected to pay the $ 7.25million owed to him for the remainder of the season.
If Beckham clears the waivers on Tuesday at 4 p.m., he’ll become a free agent and the Browns will owe him $ 4.25 million, saving the club $ 3 million.
NFL Network was the first to report financial terms,
By restructuring the deal, Beckham is more likely to become a free agent, which is his preference since he can then choose his team. In this scenario, the Browns would get a financial break.
Beckham was acquired in 2019 by the Browns as part of a trade with the New York Giants by former general manager John Dorsey, who wanted to give Mayfield a groundbreaking playmaker.
Beckham did not deliver.
He arrived with a reputation for being self-centered and disruptive and never seemed to get comfortable in Cleveland. He tallied over 1,000 yards in his debut season but suffered a knee injury in 2020 and was out when the Browns ended a long playoff drought and won their first playoff game in 26 years.
Beckham’s situation was a distraction for the Browns (4-4), who are playing a critical game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3). Cleveland has lost three of four and can’t afford much more losses, especially inside AFC North, if they are to advance to the playoffs.