A year after being acquired from the New York Giants, the one constant about Odell Beckham Jr.'s time with the Cleveland Browns has been the trade rumors that have followed him.
But while Andrew Berry has been consistent in stating he doesn't plan on trading one of his most talented players, the first-year Browns general manager has now taken his stance a step further.
Appearing on Good Morning Football on the NFL Network on Wednesday morning, Berry was once again asked about Beckham's future in Cleveland. And in answering, Berry didn't just repeat his previous comments on the topic, but added that he views his star receiver as a "long-term member" of the Browns roster.
"This is actually a topic, at least from our perspective, there really hasn't been a ton of ambiguity," Berry said. "We've been clear from the beginning that we view Odell as a fantastic player. We're a better team with him on the field. We see him as a long-term member of the organization."
Catching 74 passes for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns, Beckham's first season in Cleveland was largely considered a disappointment as the Browns sputtered to a 6-10 record. Despite appearing in all 16 games, the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year battled a sports hernia injury, for which he underwent offseason surgery to repair.
The underwhelming nature of Cleveland's 2019 campaign couple with reports of Beckham's personal unhappiness ultimately resulted in trade rumors involving the 27-year-old that started in the middle of last season and continued all the way last week's NFL Draft. Through it all, Berry has maintained the same message, while sharing an optimism for what Beckham can accomplish in new head coach Kevin Stefanski's offense with the Browns.
"We really like how he's acclimated and adjusted with the new staff," Berry said. "So the rumors, that's not something that we can control. But we're happy to have him as a part of our organization."
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