AFC Rumors: OBJ, Patriots, Miller, Raiders

Closing out the worst season of his six-year career, from a per-game production standpoint, Odell Beckham Jr. did not say whether he wants to be part of the 2020 Browns. He’s under contract through 2023.

I couldn’t sit here and tell you whether I’m going to be here, want to be here, don’t want to be here,” Beckham said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, adding that Jarvis Landry‘s presence has energized him about being with the Browns. “This is exactly where I’m at now and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else. God has a plan. In the offseason, everything will figure itself out. I feel like I’ve been here before, answering questions about the next team when I’m on a team already. That’s just something I’m going to tune out for right now. Catch me in the offseason and we’ll see what happens.”

Despite Beckham’s disappointing year, the Browns will surely attempt to see if their recent trade acquisition can build chemistry with Baker Mayfield and bounce back in 2020. Beckham’s contract having no more guaranteed money on it, thanks to the Giants taking that on, would make the three-time Pro Bowler an interesting trade piece — if this situation did progress to that point. Beckham is due $14MM in 2020.

Here is the latest from the AFC:

  • Tom Brady sought a longer commitment from the Patriots this year, but given one-year pay bump the sides agreed on, NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran expects the iconic quarterback to depart in 2020. Brady’s age figures to be a sticking point for Bill Belichick signing off on a multiyear deal, per Curran, just as it seemed to be in recent years. A scenario where Brady tries to play until age 45 elsewhere would obviously create a major need for the Pats, who traded Brady’s would-be heir apparent to the 49ers two years ago, and would thrust them to the center of what will be a complicated QB marketplace.
  • As for Antonio Brown coming back to the Patriots to aid the defending Super Bowl champions’ receiving situation, that seems next to impossible. The free agent wide receiver shared a social media post (Twitter link) questioning Robert Kraft‘s desire to win (and one that referenced his alleged acts in the Florida spa sting). Brown, who has filed grievances against the Patriots, figures to be one of the most controversial free agents in NFL history in 2020.
  • Von Miller is battling an MCL sprain, one that forced him to miss his first game since he suffered an ACL tear in December 2013. The Broncos‘ star pass rusher is iffy for Sunday’s game against the Texans. The ninth-year linebacker indicated (via Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic, subscription required) he should not play until he can utilize his array of pass-rushing moves, pointing to him missing at least one more week.
  • The Raiders worked out tight ends Matt Flanagan, Pharoah McKever and Bryce Williams this week, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets. Oakland also auditioned tight end Cole Wick, who booked the emergency tight end gig.
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17 comments on “AFC Rumors: OBJ, Patriots, Miller, Raiders

  1. crosseyedlemon

    “God has a plan.”

    Brown fans can be forgiven for thinking that the Devil has a plan too.

  2. RootedInOakland

    Gruden/Mayock should definitely see if they can bring Odell to Vegas using the Bears 1st rounder plus a future pick or two, we would use him properly!

  3. goldenmisfit

    The Michael K show on ESPN New York radio reported that an inside source is saying Odell Beckham is not happy in Cleveland and he wants out.

  4. vtncsc

    OBJ to NE, Brady on a 2-year deal, option for 3rd. backup QB gets a few more snaps in the regular-season during high scoring games, etc.

      • You realize the problem is their coaching and Baker Mayfield, and not OBJ’s ability, right? Dude is a generational talent and they completely misuse him.

          • That’s not true at all. This is OBJ’s worst season and his numbers are about the same as Landry’s. OBJ is the better receiver, and you have to ignore practically every piece of evidence to call Landry ‘way better’. Pure ignorance.

            But further, I’ll say it again since you steamrolled past it: the problems are Mayfield and the coaching staff, not OBJ’s ability.

    • vtncsc

      The media thinks they know, they’ve never figured it out before. Brady will retire as a Patriot, in a few years.

  5. seth3120

    If I’m OBJ I’d want a trade or at least a coaching change. Poor Browns fans. They could have gotten a decent HC with the roster they have instead they hired Kitchens. Now the job doesn’t look as attractive

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