North Notes: OBJ, Meyer, Roman

Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. recently shot down rumors of a trade demand, but the team never had any intention of trading him anyway, as Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com tweets. Cleveland gave up a great deal to acquire OBJ last offseason, and the club fully intends to keep the mercurial wideout on board for what it hopes will be a rebound campaign in 2020.

With respect to Beckham’s potential sports hernia surgery, he has scheduled a January 13 consultation with a core specialist, and that is one of several opinions he’ll gather before deciding whether to go under the knife (Twitter link via ESPN’s Josina Anderson).

Now for more from the leagues’ north divisions:

  • Urban Meyer has been connected to the Cowboys’ and Redskins’ head coaching vacancies in recent weeks, and you can add the Browns to that list. It’s still unclear whether Cleveland will part with first-year HC Freddie Kitchens, but if it does, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports expects Meyer to get heavy consideration. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Meyer enjoy a strong relationship, and despite what he has said publicly, Meyer is reportedly interested in returning to the sidelines.
  • Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman has engineered one of the league’s best and most exciting offenses around MVP candidate Lamar Jackson, and La Canfora says Roman is, unsurprisingly, expected to have several head coaching interviews. Though Jackson is a transcendent talent, teams will be looking to replicate Baltimore’s approach, and Roman’s success with Jackson and other athletic QBs like Colin Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor will have him in high demand.
  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press takes a look at each of the Lions‘ 16 pending UFAs and offers his take as to whether Detroit will attempt to retain them. He believes wide receiver Danny Amendola is a near-lock to return, and he thinks OL Graham Glasgow may prefer to go elsewhere.
  • We took another swing around the north yesterday, including a look at Mitchell Trubisky‘s future with the Bears.
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12 comments on “North Notes: OBJ, Meyer, Roman

  1. sufferfortribe

    Remember when there was all this “Browns are going to the playoffs, Browns are going to the Super Bowl?”
    Remember when I said they’d be lucky to win 6-8 games? Yup.

    • turkmurpson

      I have to ask this. Why do you assume anyone even knows who you are, never mind that anyone would remember what you said in the preseason about the Cleveland Browns?

      • sufferfortribe

        Uh, because it was a major discussion on this site when they got Beckham, and for some reason there are people on here who focus on my comments and actually remember them, though usually only to give me a hard time.
        Satisfied?

  2. sufferfortribe

    Now he likes yelling at his head coach for all the world to see. Please give me a Christmas present and let it be both of them gone bye bye.

  3. jaduran

    Roman was also gifted with a fantastic offensive line. That has a lot to do with their success. It would be difficult to have that elsewhere

  4. mgrap84

    Not a Browns fan but Kitchens should be fired. No control over the team and horrible play calling. Him and Garrett should definitely be fired

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