CLEVELAND — On Sunday, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer sent shock waves through the NFL -- and especially Cleveland -- when he reported that Odell Beckham Jr. has made it known to opposing players and coaches that he wants to be traded by the Browns.
“People are now surprised about what’s happening and would he stay in Cleveland?” Glazer said on the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show. “Players and coaches around the league, they’re not…Throughout the year, Odell Beckham’s actually told other players and coaches, before games, during games, ‘Hey, come get me. Come get me out of here.’
“Remember, it was not Odell Beckham’s choice to go to the Cleveland Browns. He got traded there. There’s also reports that he needs sports hernia surgery. I’ve got to say, I don’t see that relationship ending well for them.”
Following the Browns' 27-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium, Beckham was given the opportunity to respond to the report, which came out less than an hour before kickoff.
"I'm not going to talk about any offseason stuff that's going on right now," Beckham said. "The focus is on winning, 1-0. And that's what we did today. Any other questions about it, I'm not answering."
Earlier this week, Beckham generated headlines that invited such speculation when he offered a vague assessment of his future in Cleveland.
"No one knows what the future holds tomorrow. I couldn't tell you what's going to happen," Beckham told reporters on Thursday. "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. In the offseason, everything will figure itself out."
But while Beckham attempted to clarify his comments by posting a tweet that stated, "I never said I was not happy in Cleveland" on Friday, Glazer's report reignited buzz that the 3-time Pro Bowl wide receiver's tenure with the Browns could be one and done. Only complicating the 27-year-old's future is the news that he's been dealing with a sports hernia injury throughout the 2019 campaign, which has caused him to miss practice time and limited his on-field ability.
"It is what it is at this point, just got to keep playing," Beckham said after the game.
Through his first 13 games with the Browns, the 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has tallied 59 receptions for 844 yards and 2 touchdowns, including just 2 catches for 39 yards vs. the Bengals on Sunday. That puts Beckham on pace for the least productive season of his six-year NFL career, excluding the 2017 campaign, in which he appeared in just four games.