Odell Beckham didn’t deny he wants out of Cleveland and Baker Mayfield trashed the team’s training staff, adding yet another wild chapter to the Browns’ dysfunctional season.
Hours after Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported the 27-year-old receiver wants out of Cleveland and has told opponents to “come get me out of here,” Beckham did not deny the report after the 6-7 Browns defeated the Bengals.
“I’m not gonna talk about any offseason stuff that’s going on right now. The focus is to win, go 1-0 and that’s what we did today” Beckham said. “Any other questions about it, I’m not gonna answer.”
Regarding the constant discussion around Beckham and his desires, he said: “I’m used to it. I’ve been dealing with it for three or four years, so it’s the same thing that’s going on, not anything I can’t handle.”
Meanwhile, after news came out Sunday morning that Beckham has been playing through a sports hernia all season, Mayfield took a shocking swipe at the Browns’ training staff by saying they botched treating the star wideout.
“I’d say that it wasn’t handled right,” Mayfield said. “He’s not able to run as well as he should be able to, as well as he knows, and that’s frustrating for him. You can sense that’s some of his frustration, where that comes from. It wasn’t handled the right way in our training room. It is what it is. His not 100 percent is still good enough for us.”
Mayfield — who said he has a good relationship with Beckham and hasn’t gotten the sense that Beckham wants out of Cleveland — said the injury should’ve been addressed during training camp, when surgery would’ve gotten Beckham back on the field by Week 3 of the regular season.
“Obviously hindsight is 20-20, but he probably would’ve missed the first two, one or two, just based on the fact that it was during training camp,” Mayfield said. “But it is what it is. We’re here right now, it’s too late to do that and he’s fighting through pain, he’s playing through pain. That shows you the type of guy that he is.”
Mayfield walked his comments back in a pair of tweets.
“My intentions were not to throw our medical staff under the bus,” he wrote. “No I don’t know all the facts about Odell’s injury. It was emotionally answered because I can sense his frustration and I care about my team and putting us in the best position to win.
“Those people within our building know my intentions and where I am coming from. I truly believe that and I apologize to those that don’t deserve the backlash…. today was a good team win. On to the next one.”