CLEVELAND (NWN) — Odell Beckham Jr. is ready to catch up.
The challenging wide receiver, who has struggled with injuries over the past few seasons, was formally waived by the Cleveland Browns on Monday and can now be picked up by any NFL team for the rest of this season at a $7.25 million price tag.
Beckham essentially forced her exit last week from Brown, who had traded her for 2 1/2 years before, but got to a point where she desperately wanted to get out of the stormy relationship.
The 29-year-old could claim a waiver on Beckham – the Detroit Lions (0-8) get the first crack – but whichever team takes him will have to pay $7.25 million for the rest of this season. Agents for the Browns and Beckham last week agreed to renegotiate their deal by ending two non-guaranteed years.
If Beckham approves the waiver by 4 p.m. Tuesday, he will be a free agent and can sign with any team. In that case, the Browns would pay him $4.25 million for this season, saving him $3 million.
There are only a handful of teams with a current salary-range high enough to take on Beckham’s contract this season, so it’s likely he won’t be picked.
Beckham thought that playing in Cleveland gave him the best chance of making it to the Super Bowl, so it’s clear he’d like to be in a contender. He’s not the playmaker he once was, but he can still raise a defense.
But there’s more to it with Beckham, who remains one of the league’s most popular players despite declining productivity. He played just two 100-yard games with Cleveland in 29.
On Friday, the Browns announced their intention to release him, ending a strange week that began with his father, Odell Beckham Sr., posting a social media video of plays in which Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield didn’t throw the ball to his son. Throw it
Mayfield was “surprised” by the public attack, but after Sunday’s win in Cincinnati he said he had no hard feelings for Beckham.
“I wish him well,” Mayfield said. “From a personal point of view, he is a good friend of mine. We still haven’t talked, but that doesn’t change things. I wish him all the best for his career, but I worry about the boys in our locker room.
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