Odell Beckham Jr: ‘I NEVER said I was not happy in Cleveland’ – cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Odell Beckham Jr. took to Twitter on Friday to quiet the firestorm that erupted after his vague remarks Thursday about whether or not he wants to be back with the Browns next season.
“I NEVER said I was not happy in Cleveland, just like everyone else I’m hopeful for better results. Period. Next story plzz,” he said on Twitter.
But Beckham revealed on Thursday that he’s not certain he’ll be back next year or even that he’ll want to, and he acknowledged that he can’t endure another season like this, in which the Browns are underperforming and he’s not getting enough opportunities to help.
“No one knows what the future holds tomorrow,’’ Beckham said Thursday. “I couldn’t tell you what’s going to happen. My locker is right beside one of the men (Jarvis Landry) that means the most to me in the world. I think about just being able to come to work and see him every single day and how special this could be. I couldn’t sit here and tell you whether I’m going to be here, want to be here, don’t want to be here.
“This is exactly where I’m at now and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else. God has a plan. In the offseason, everything will figure itself out. I feel like I’ve been here before, answering questions about the next team when I’m on a team already. That’s just something I’m going to tune out for right now. Catch me in the offseason and we’ll see what happens. I don’t know God’s plan.”
Under contract through 2023, Beckham is due an average of about $14 million over the next four years, but he’s not sure what will happen after this season.
“That’s something that we’ll worry about when offseason comes around,’’ Beckham said about being back. “Right now I’m just still learning, I’m learning every single day. New experiences and just trying to find a way to finish the rest of the season strong. If it’s possible that we can make the playoffs, I’m all in.
“I’ve been pretty much banged up all year since whatever happened in camp. I’ve been playing through it, doing whatever I can just to make it to Sunday for the game…. I’m going to give this team everything that I have. No matter what.”
He said a repeat of 2019 won’t happen.
“Um, yeah, no, I mean, honestly I couldn’t see that happening,’’ Beckham said of having another year like this. “For me personally, this offseason, it’s about work and getting to the very best of my abilities no matter what. Like I tell you all the time, 2020’s going to be my year. So I’m not really worried about so much what’s going to happen in the future, but my mindset for next year is no matter what is going on, nothing’s going to be in my way.
“And that’s just how I feel and that’s the goal. And sit here and write it down now and people could talk about it, say whatever they want, but we’ll see when it happens next year. So honestly, any what’s the future hold? I don’t know that. I don’t know the answers for that. Right now I’m just taking it day at a time, trying to finish the season healthy, trying to win these last four games and see what happens.’’
Beckham, underutilized and with precious few chances to help carry team, also said he’s made a concerted effort this season not to pop off this year. He has 57 receptions (28th), 805 yards (23rd) and only two TD passes this season. He’s been targeted only seven times in 12 games, with one red zone catch for 7 yards. Despite playing with a bigger-armed quarterback than Eli Manning, he’s in jeopardy of missing his first Pro Bowl in a healthy season, and the Browns have only a 5% chance of making the playoffs.
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