While the Browns cannot release Beckham next year, considering that his 2021 is now guaranteed following the season ACL tear he suffered last week, Rapoport mentions that the Browns could consider trading him around spring or the summer.
Rapoport says that Beckham has “never really fully embraced Cleveland” and has “never had a good rapport with Baker Mayfield.”
There was talk all throughout the week that the Browns may be better off without Beckham based on how their offense looked after he left the game. Rapoport also brings this point up.
The Browns have downplayed the notion that the offense is better without Beckham. However, speculation about his future in Cleveland has been circulating for the better part of a year now.
An ACL tear takes around nine months to heal, so that will be one aspect to watch in terms of a potential trade, seeing as he would need to pass a physical for his next team.
Beckham, 27, was taken with the No. 12 overall pick by the Giants back in 2014. He was set to make a base salary of $8,459,000 for the 2018 season when he agreed to a new five-year extension worth up to $95 million that includes $65 million in total guarantees.
The Giants traded Beckham to the Browns last offseason for the No. 17 overall pick, their second third-round pick and S Jabrill Peppers.
Beckham stands to make base salaries of $14.5 million and $13.75 million over the next two years.
In 2020, Beckham appeared in seven games and caught 23 passes for 319 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He had also rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown.