Browns lose OBJ for 2020 season with torn ACL

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Cleveland Browns have lost wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for the rest of the season. He has suffered a torn ACL injury on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Beckham Jr. had an MRI on Monday to confirm the injury. He was injured in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. makes a reception against the Baltimore Ravens
Odell Beckham Jr. makes a reception against the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Odell Beckham Jr./Instagram)

It appeared that his cleat got caught in the turf. This injury happened when he was trying to chase down a defender following Baker Mayfield’s first pass of the game.

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Following the injury, he appeared to be in a lot of pain. And he clutched his knee while he was obviously hurting.

Our league sources have indicated to us that Beckham Jr. was hoping that this was going to be his final season in Cleveland. Now, while he may come back next season, he may not be the same player he was before the injury.

He may not be right until 2021 or 2022 at least.

The Browns have an out in his contract, as they could trade Beckham before June 1st, 2021 and not face a dead cap hit by trading him. Cleveland would save nearly $16 million by moving him.

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Also, if they traded him after June 1st, they would have no dead cap hit in 2021 or 2022. And they would save $15.75 million, like they would if they traded Beckham Jr. before June 1st.

Things get tricky if the Browns release him, as they would have a $12.791 million dead cap hit in 2021. And they would save just $2.9 million.

This season, Beckham Jr. appeared in seven games, including seven starts. He had 23 receptions for 319 yards and three touchdowns.

He also had three carries for 72 yards and a touchdown.

He now has two seasons that were cut short due to an injury. In 2017, he missed the season opener after suffering a sprained ankle in a preseason game against the Browns.

Related: Beckham Jr.: I was disrespected by trade

Then, in Week 5 against the Los Angeles Chargers, he suffered a season-ending injury. He suffered a fractured fibula.

He had just 25 receptions for 302 yards and three touchdowns in four games that season.

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