Over time, former New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. became known as someone who was never happy, always wanted change and consistently believed the grass was greener on the other side.
That’s not a knock on Beckham, who was a tremendous teammate and fierce competitor who craved winning more than oxygen. Rather, it’s a reflection on the instant gratification era in which we currently reside.
After several losing seasons in blue, Beckham became frustrated with the situation in New York and passive-aggressively voiced those concerns. As a result, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns this past offseason — a trade he pretended came as a surprise.
After letting the reality of the trade sink in, Beckham bought into Cleveland’s championship dreams and expressed a belief that being reunited with friend Jarvis Landy and inheriting Baker Mayfield as his quarterback would lead to his Super Bowl prayers being answered.
Now mired in a career-worst season and facing an offseason surgery for a sports hernia, Beckham appears done with Cleveland and has reportedly been telling both opposing coaches and players to free him from the misery.
Earlier this week, Beckham was coy when asked about his future with the Browns and provided the typical maybe/maybe not response most Giants fans had become accustomed to.
“I couldn’t tell you what’s going to happen. 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. This is exactly where I’m at now, and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else. God has a plan, and in the offseason, everything will figure itself out,” Beckham said, via Browns Wire.
“I feel like I’ve been here before, asking questions about the next team while I’m on a team already. That’s just something that I’m just going to tune out right now. Catch me in the offseason and we’ll see what happens.”
Beckham had been there before. He later returned to another familiar well.
When Giants wished Browns fans “good luck” following the Beckham trade, those in Cleveland took it as an insult or sour grapes. Up and possibly until his comments earlier this week, they may have still believed that. Now? Not so much.
Having fun yet, Cleveland?