The Cleveland Browns will have a big question on their hands this offseason, and that will be whether to bring back Odell Beckham Jr. Trading Beckham could be problematic as the wide receiver is coming off an ACL injury. But one has to wonder if the mercurial player somewhat limited the Browns — particularly their quarterback Baker Mayfield. Beckham has had some issues in his past, with some pundits labeling him as a distraction. But it seems there was less drama with Cleveland once there was one less alpha dog on the sidelines.
Over the course of the season, Mayfield developed into a quarterback who took what opposing defenses were giving him. He no longer looked like a quarterback trying to force the ball to a receiver to appease them. That maturation didn’t really take hold until Beckham went down with the injury. The reality is that this is actually a good problem to have if you’re a coach. And if you want to be a leader of men, then you’ve got to find a way to make it work. You can’t be successful in the National Football League without having good players.
You could make the argument that Beckham single-handedly helped Eli Manning hold on to the Giants’ starting quarterback position as long as he did as his skills were clearly diminishing. If for some reason, the Browns can’t make it work with a talented player like Beckham, then everyone else in the organization should be reevaluated and not just the former first-rounder.
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