John Dorsey had no hesitation or reservations about trading for Odell Beckham Jr.

Familiar faces, friends and Freddie Kitchens should help Beckham fit in

Daryl Ruiter
March 14, 2019 - 2:59 pm

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns opened the floodgates for negative stories about what a bad apple Beckham was in the Big Apple with plenty of big-name media personalities piling on since the deal was agreed to Tuesday night.

Such is life in the NFL when a superstar departs a team via a trade, free agency or when cut.

But the stories about Beckham have been prominent for years.

Who can forget him taking on a kicking net on the sidelines during a game a few years ago?

None of it mattered to Browns general manager John Dorsey Tuesday night when he finally convinced Giants GM Dave Gettleman to take Jabrill Peppers and two draft picks – Nos. 17 and 95 – for the three-time Pro Bowler.

“We all understand the magnitude of his ability to play the game of football,” Dorsey said on a conference call discussing the team’s recent moves Thursday. “You can’t have enough weapons around you.”

Dorsey had been working through a variety of scenarios – including acquiring Beckham – since December when he and the front office began putting their offseason plan together.

Beckham, who has three 1,300 yard and 10 touchdwn seasons on his resume, has taken the recent criticism that has been amplified over the last three days in stride tweeting Thursday afternoon, “I’m not a Cancer....... I’m a Scorpio sorry for the confusion.”

While the character assassination of Beckham out of New York reaches a fever pitch, others have taken up for the flamboyant wide receiver.

Wednesday afternoon on NFL Network, reporter Kim Jones relayed a story from when she was recovering from a serious medical issue how Beckham reached out to her. Some Giants fans have posted pictures of Beckham signing autographs for them and thanking him for the attention and time he always made for them.

Receivers by nature are divas.

They want touches and touchdowns because that’s what gets them paid, and Beckham is no different, but that doesn’t make him a bad person.

Having Jarvis Landry, who spent the last year campaigning for the team to acquire his former college teammate and friend, around should help Beckham get acquainted with his new home and team too.

“I know that they are best of friends. They are very competitive with each other,” Dorsey said.

Adam Henry, the Browns’ receivers coach, coached Landry and Beckham at LSU and will do the same here in Cleveland.

We also learned Thursday that the Browns’ GM is an avid listener of Bull and Fox when he cited their interview with former LSU and Kansas Head Coach Les Miles Wednesday afternoon when asked about Landry’s potential influence on Beckham.

“I heard Les Miles talk about how those two would drive each other and push each other when they were at LSU to compete,” Dorsey said. “I think it can only help each other because that competition brings out the best in any athlete, regardless of the sport.”

Dorsey acknowledged that he did not consult Landry or quarterback Baker Mayfield prior to pulling the trigger on the trade.

“With Baker, he showed last year that he can step up to certain challenges,” Dorsey said. “The object of this thing is to surround him with as many good football players as you possibly can. It seems like Odell and Baker have a relationship formed.

“I am excited to see what the whole bunch can do.”

Beckham and Landry already give the Brows a dynamic and prolific combination at receiver with youngsters Rashard Higgins and Antonio Callaway expected to also help keep opposing defenses busy.

So will first year head coach Freddie Kitchens be able to manage such big personalities and keep everyone fed and happy?

Dorsey believes so.

“The one thing I love about Freddie, Freddie is very direct. He is very straightforward,” Dorsey said. “He is going to set expectations. He is going to hold players accountable. He is going to be the same guy day in and day out. You know what? Players respect him, and they respect that type of approach.”

Regardless of whatever criticism that had been out there, trading for Beckham was a no brainer.

“I know Odell is very passionate, know he is competitive, and I know he can help this football team,” Dorsey said. “If you can get the chance to acquire a guy like that, you know what? Take a shot at him.”