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Is OBJ worth the headache for Browns?

Is OBJ worth the headache for Browns?

Odell Beckham Jr. was a sideshow this week, and for a Cleveland Browns regime hoping to offer a clean slate in 2020, this isn’t starting in a great place.’ data-reactid=”16″>But Odell Beckham Jr. was a sideshow this week, and for a Cleveland Browns regime hoping to offer a clean slate in 2020, this isn’t starting in a great place.

Odell Beckham Jr. lived it up – perhaps too much – in his alma mater’s postgame locker room earlier this week after LSU defeated Clemson, 42-25, to win the national championship. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Just like that, Beckham became a story again. And not one about his offseason rehab or his fit in the offensive scheme of new head coach Kevin Stefanski. Instead the Browns were forced to release a statement that had nothing to do with a regime change that is supposed to get the organization on the right track.

“We are aware of the incident and have been in touch with Odell and his representatives on the matter,” the team said in a statement. “They are cooperating with the proper authorities to appropriately address the situation.”

New England Patriots, while Beckham is trying to claw his way back to an elite level with the often hapless Browns. One player’s alleged foolishness happened out of the public eye, while the other’s was captured on video for everyone to see.’ data-reactid=”32″>Of course, there will be defenders, those who say Beckham’s situation is being blown out of proportion. And they’ll trot out the “whataboutisms” involving Edelman and why his Beverly Hills stupidity wasn’t a topic of hot debate. That’s a fair debate, of course. Different people will interpret it in different ways. Edelman is white and covered largely by white media, while Beckham is black and doesn’t have that same luxury. Edelman is a member of the celebrated New England Patriots, while Beckham is trying to claw his way back to an elite level with the often hapless Browns. One player’s alleged foolishness happened out of the public eye, while the other’s was captured on video for everyone to see.

Whether Beckham’s microscope is fair is one issue. And it really has no bearing on the only thing that truly matters: The fact that Beckham is part of a franchise that is undergoing a reboot in the front office and on the coaching staff, leaving the viability of each and every player subject to review. A process that will most definitely include Beckham, whose acquisition was engineered by now-fired general manager John Dorsey. Now he has given the new head coach something to think about, along with the prospective new general manager. Not to mention DePodesta, who is not expected to promote patience for the players from the Dorsey era. Particularly the ones who aren’t all the way in for 2020 and beyond.

To put a finer point on it, if the Browns are indeed looking to eliminate the 2019 mistakes, they will need to start by eliminating — or drastically altering — parts of last season’s roster. And as it stands, we don’t know what those roster alterations will look like. We do know that Beckham is going to be a topic of conversation, given the drama that surrounded him on the way out of New York and the residue of some of last season’s awkwardness.

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