By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cleveland Browns will have to make a tough decision at the end of the season in regards to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. He has been lost for the rest of the 2020 season after suffering a torn ACL against the Cincinnati Bengals.
This season, Beckham Jr. did not have a single game, where he had more than 81 receiving yards and two touchdowns (three touchdowns overall). That came in Week 4 in a 49-38 win over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
In his past two games, before Sunday’s game, Beckham Jr. has had 83 yards. He had 58 yards against the Indianapolis Colts, then 25 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Beckham Jr. did not have a reception before his injury against the Bengals.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, only $12.971 million of his $15.75 million for the 2021 season guaranteed. It becomes guaranteed on the third day of the new league year in March 2021.
According to Spotrac, the Browns will have to give it some thought to move on from Beckham Jr. He is due $14.5 million for the 2021 season.
However, if the Browns front office elects to trade OBJ, then there would not be a dead cap hit. In fact, by trading the talented wide receiver, there would be $0 towards their 2021 salary cap – either before June 1st or after June 1st.
Plus, by moving Beckham Jr., the Browns would see a $15.75 million savings into their 2021 salary cap.
Cleveland can release Beckham Jr. in the off-season. However, if they do make that move, the team will face a $12.7 million dead cap hit for the 2021 season. It’ll also bring just a $2.95 million cap savings.
Also, if they release him following June 1st, there would be a $0 dead cap hit for the 2022 season.
The Browns will have a significant part of the season to see if head coach Kevin Stefanski will be able to show the team’s management that they do not need Beckham Jr. Either Rashard Higgins or Donovan Peoples-Jones will slide into OBJ’s former starting role with the team.
After Beckham Jr. departed Sunday’s game, Higgins led the team with six receptions for 110 yards. Peoples-Jones also had three receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Peoples-Jones is listed behind Beckham Jr. as the right wide receiver on the team’s depth chart.
Also by trading Beckham Jr., it’ll save the team more than $27 million over the next two seasons. Due to his torn ACL, it may be an easy decision for the Browns front office to make.
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