The Cleveland Browns are teetering on the brink after five weeks. After last night’s blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the offseason darlings of the NFL are 2-3.
The pairing of Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. has not clicked as expected either. Mayfield is struggling immensely, and Beckham has only 23 receptions for 335 yards and one touchdown in five games.
There’s still time for the two to get on the same page, but FS1’s Colin Cowherd has another suggestion. He thinks Cleveland should consider trading Beckham.
Cowherd’s reasoning is that the Browns are trying to force the issue with Beckham and they have a surplus of offensive weapons. He adds that since the team’s offensive line is poor, Beckham could be used as a piece to acquire help in that area.
Later in his show, he pitched offering Odell to the Washington Redskins for Trent Williams.
The Browns should consider trading Odell Beckham Jr.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 8, 2019
The odds of this happening are extremely slim. Cleveland just acquired Beckham in the offseason, and would look foolish to unload him already.
There’s probably a greater likelihood that the franchise makes a change to the coaching staff–either having Freddie Kitchens surrender playcalling duties and/or firing him outright–before parting ways with Beckham.
Also, we would disagree with Cowherd that Jarvis Landry is a foundational piece for the Browns, though he is correct that the team badly needs offensive line help.
Given how little Olivier Vernon has contributed, Cleveland’s decision to trade for the veteran defensive end and give up offensive guard Kevin Zeitler in the process looks questionable in hindsight.