Odell Beckham Jr
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (OBJ) is out for the remainder of the 2020 season after suffering a torn ACL in the first quarter of the Cleveland Browns’ victory over the division rival Cincinnati Bengals, per Josina Anderson.

The injury occurred after Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield threw an interception, and Beckham Jr. attempted to tackle Darius Phillips.

Beckham Jr.’s second year in Cleveland was beginning to look better than his first year. In 2019, Odell Beckham Jr had 1,035 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns in 16 games, a slight drop in numbers from his final season with the New York Giants. In 2018, OBJ had 1,052 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns in 12 games. Touchdown wise, he was on pace to do better than 2019, but yards are a completely different story.

Through seven games, Odell Beckham Jr has failed to eclipse 100 receiving yards. His best game came in Cleveland’s 49-38 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4. Odell has 81 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns on five catches; those were all season highs.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 297 yards and five touchdowns after Odell left the field. Wide receiver Rashard Higgins led the Browns in receiving yards with 110, and tight end Harrison Bryant had two receiving touchdowns in Beckham Jr.’s absence.

After the 2020 season, the Cleveland Browns can trade Odell Beckham Jr without suffering any dead cap money. He is under contract through the 2023 season. Odell has a cap hit of $15.75 million in 2021 and then $15 million in the 2022 and 2023 seasons. A potential trade is an option for the Cleveland Browns, but it remains to be seen if Cleveland will entertain the idea.

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