Odell Beckham Jr. has reportedly told multiple teams to come get him from the Cleveland Browns.
When asked about the informed speculation, Beckham Jr. responded by saying he’s been in contact with franchises north of the border.
“I’ve been talking to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Toronto Argonauts, a couple Canadian league teams that I’m also trying to get traded to so it’s been great conversations,” Beckham Jr. said sarcastically.
“It’s an easy thing to do and cause a little controversy and a little friction. It’s time to just put it to bed, I’m going to be here, there is nothing more to talk about unless, like I said, I go to the Argonauts or the Blue Bombers.”
Beckham Jr. suiting up for the double blue would certainly help ticket sales in Toronto. Winnipeg could use a bonafide number one pass catcher. It could be the first trade between NFL and CFL teams in a long time — conjuring memories of the Joe Kapp swap between the B.C. Lions and Minnesota Vikings in 1967.
In all seriousness, rumours ran rampant after a video surfaced of Beckham Jr. talking with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo following their regular season meeting. Beckham Jr. is covering his mouth and perhaps Garoppolo should have done the same.
Here’s a clip of Jimmy G telling OBJ: “I got room for you, I got you.”
I wonder what OBJ was saying ???? pic.twitter.com/0mdeFSQ8V0
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) December 10, 2019
“I need the audio from where that was said. You see LeBron talking to somebody after the game and it’s like is LeBron saying we should team up. This is a brotherhood,” Beckham Jr. said.
“These are guys that you know all around the league, so it’s like you can’t have a conversation after the game without everyone being in your business. We don’t want you to know what we’re talking about — good, bad or nothing at all.”
Beckham Jr. was acquired by the Browns last May along with defensive end Olivier Vernon in exchange for defensive back Jabrill Peppers, offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler and first and third round picks in the NFL draft. It was a blockbuster deal between the New York Giants and Cleveland.
“I don’t know the future. God forbid I don’t know if we’re going to be alive next year. I don’t know what’s going to happen, I don’t predict the future,” Beckham Jr. said.
Entering the 2018 season with the Giants, Beckham Jr. signed a five-year, $95 million contract extension — $41 million guaranteed — through the 2023 season. The 27-year-old isn’t currently scheduled to be a free agent until 2024.
Beckham Jr. was originally chose in the first round, 12th overall during the 2014 NFL draft. He won the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year award in year one and recorded 1,000 or more yards in four of five seasons.
Through 14 games in his first season with the Browns, Beckham Jr. has 67 receptions for 910 yards and two touchdowns. Cleveland is 6-8 and on the outside of the AFC wild card playoff picture looking in.
“It’s just too special to leave. I didn’t really buy a house here to up and leave it. I didn’t even have a house in New York. I feel like that says a lot,” Beckham Jr said.
I’ve never felt like I had a home since I left college. I bought a house here for a reason. I called Baker [Mayfield] after I got traded and Jarvis [Landry] and talked about the future.”
That future for Beckham Jr. won’t include playing football in Canada. Even though his agent Zeke Sandhu has CFL clients such as running back James Wilder Jr., defensive lineman Jonathan Kongbo and defensive back L.J. McCray.