Odell Beckham Jr will not be heading to the Detroit after head coach Dan Campbell confirmed the Lions do not intend to claim him. 

Having failed to get a trade away from the Browns before the deadline, wide receiver Beckham is expected to be waived by Cleveland on Monday and hit the waiver wire on Tuesday. 

The Lions are 0-8 this season and will be first in line to snap up a significant talent at a position they could do with improving, but Campbell ruled out such a move happening. 

Asked if Detroit would be in the market for Beckham, Campbell simply replied: "Uh, no." 

He later added: "[General manager] Brad [Holmes] and I talk about everything, and he was no different. I would leave it at that. 

"Our ears and our eyes are open to everything, and if there was a certain way to make things work, we'd be open for just about any player if it made sense." 

It has been reported no team will make a claim for Beckham, meaning he will become a free agent capable of signing with any team. 

The tree-time Pro Bowler was sidelined with a torn ACL in 2020 and has made 17 catches for 232 yards and zero touchdowns since returning this season. 

Beckham was traded to the Browns by the New York Giants in 2019, where he topped 1,000 yards in four of his five seasons. The year he failed to hit that mark he spent most of the campaign out with an ankle injury. 

Julio Jones (103.8) and Antonio Brown (100.6) were the only wide receivers to average more yards per game than Beckham (92.8) between 2014 and 2018.

 

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said he wishes "good friend" Odell Beckham Jr. well after the NFL franchise won for the first time since the split.

The Browns released star wide receiver Beckham Jr. on Friday, having been excused from practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

That came after both his father, Odell Beckham Sr., and four-time NBA MVP LeBron James complained on social media about Beckham Jr.'s lack of involvement in the Browns' offense.

Beckham Sr. posted a lengthy video on Instagram showing a number of occasions on which Mayfield failed to find his team-mate.

On Sunday, without three-time Pro Bowler Beckham Jr., the Browns routed the Cincinnati Bengals 41-16.

"I wish him well, I really do. My feelings haven't changed," Mayfield said of Beckham Jr.

"From a personal standpoint, he's a good friend of mine. ... But I'm worried about the guys in our locker room.

"I'm proud of these guys, how they were able to focus up despite all the bulls*** that was going on this week and how they were able to do their job. We're going to see if we can build on it and continue to get better."

Beckham Jr. is set to go on waivers on Monday and Mayfield added: "We still haven't talked. But that doesn't change things. I wish him well. I wish him the best in his career."

Mayfield completed 14 of his 21 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns without an interception as the Browns improved to 5-4.

"We needed that win. Our whole locker room needed it. And they knew that. Played for each other," Mayfield said. "I trust the guys in this locker room.

"When adversity hit, nobody flinched. It was a long week. I'd be lying if I said otherwise. But proud of these guys."

Baker Mayfield threw a 60-yard touchdown to Donovan Peoples-Jones as the Cleveland Browns won without Odell Beckham Jr in Week 9, although Joe Burrow contributed to the Cincinnati Bengals' 41-16 defeat.

The Browns made the short trip to Cincinnati with Peoples-Jones back from a groin injury and in the lineup after fellow receiver Beckham was released at the end of a week that began with his father criticising quarterback Mayfield.

Beckham had underwhelmed this year since his return to fitness and his absence certainly was not felt on Sunday as Cleveland moved to 5-4 in a big AFC North matchup.

Before Mayfield came to the fore, though, Burrow endured a miserable start. Moments after a penalty reprieve when he was sacked on third and goal, the Bengals QB threw straight to Browns cornerback Denzel Ward on the goal line, covering Ja'Marr Chase and racing away for a 99-yard defensive TD.

Joe Mixon replied with the first of his two rushing scores, but Nick Chubb battled through contact to finish Cleveland's first drive with a TD, which Peoples-Jones added to as he caught Mayfield's first target to a wideout.

Long scores were the name of the day for the Browns, as Chubb's second saw him go 70 yards to score in the third quarter.

Burrow, who had scored three TDs in each of his previous three games, tying a Bengals record, was then picked off again throwing to Chase – this time by John Johnson III. Chase had earlier fumbled for a turnover of his own on a miserable day for two of Cincinnati's offensive stars.

Mayfield finished with 218 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on 14-of-21 passing. His second TD pass to David Njoku was set up by another throw to Peoples-Jones, who had 86 yards on just two catches.

Big upsets for Boys and Bills

The Dallas Cowboys had not lost since Week 1 but have a miserable record against the Denver Broncos, who had won the teams' past six meetings – their best ever run against a single opponent and the Cowboys' worst such streak. And six became seven as the Broncos won 30-16 in Dallas, holding their hosts scoreless until the fourth quarter despite Dak Prescott's return.

The Buffalo Bills also suffered a shock defeat as they went down 9-6 to the Jacksonville Jaguars in a game of zero touchdowns. Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen picked, sacked and recovered a fumble from his namesake, Bills QB Josh Allen.

However, the Baltimore Ravens survived a scare, as Lamar Jackson led them back from 17-3 down to make overtime, where Justin Tucker clinched a 34-31 win. Jackson is now 12-0 as a starter against NFC opponents.

Darnold spooked again

Sam Darnold said he was "seeing ghosts" when he threw four interceptions for the New York Jets against the New England Patriots in 2019, and Bill Belichick's defense has continued to spook the quarterback. He had three picks with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and now has nine in just four career starts against New England, all four of which the Pats have won.

New England are hot on the heels of the Bills now, while AFC East rivals the Miami Dolphins snapped their seven-game losing run against the Houston Texans despite Tua Tagovailoa sitting out with a finger issue.

Releasing Odell Beckham Jr is "in the best interest of all parties", according to Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry.

The Browns confirmed on Friday that the wide receiver is poised to be released after being excused from practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

That came after both his father, Odell Beckham Sr, and four-time NBA MVP LeBron James complained on social media about Beckham's lack of involvement in the Browns' offense.

The situation appeared to have reached the point of no return, leading to reports Beckham would be released once he had signed a restructured contract for salary cap reasons.

When his release goes through, Beckham will go on waivers, where he can be claimed by another team. Should he clear waivers, he will be free to sign with any team of his choice.

Berry explained the move was coming only after long deliberation.

He said in a statement: "After careful consideration, internal discussions and conversations with Odell and his representation, we have determined that it is in the best interest of all parties that Odell no longer play for the Cleveland Browns.

"We appreciate all his efforts and contributions while in Cleveland, but it has just reached a point where it is best that we move forward as a team without Odell.

"We are finalising the process of granting Odell his release and we wish him well as he continues his career."

Beckham was traded to the Browns by the New York Giants in 2019, though he has failed to hit the heights expected during his time in Cleveland.

He finished his first season in Cleveland with 1,035 receiving yards, but the Browns missed out on the playoffs.

Beckham was sidelined with a torn ACL in 2020 as the Browns ended their postseason drought, reaching the Divisional Round, and he returned from that injury in Week 3 of this season.

So far this year, Beckham has made 17 catches for 232 yards for a Browns team that sit last in the AFC North at 4-4 as quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was seemingly the target of the ire of Beckham's father, has battled a torn labrum.

Despite his struggles in Cleveland, Beckham – a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time second-team All-Pro with the Giants – would seemingly have plenty of interest in his services.

He topped 1,000 yards in four of his five seasons with the Giants – most of 2017 was lost to an ankle injury – with Julio Jones (103.8) and Antonio Brown (100.6) the only wide receivers between 2014 and 2018 to average more yards per game than Beckham (92.8).

Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to be released by the Cleveland Browns, according to multiple reports.

Beckham was excused from practice on Wednesday and Thursday, with Tuesday having seen both his father, Odell Beckham Sr, and four-time NBA MVP LeBron James complain on social media about his lack of involvement in the Browns' offense.

And the situation appears to have reached the point of no return, with Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reporting the Browns plan to release him on Friday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN and NFL Network reported the Browns are working on a restructured deal with Beckham. Once that is finalised, he will be released and go on waivers, where he can be claimed by another team.

Should he clear waivers, he will be free to sign with any team of his choice.

According to Schefter, the Browns are attempting to convert Beckham's $14.5mlillion 2021 base salary into signing bonuses in an effort to save money.

Beckham was traded to the Browns by the New York Giants in 2019, though he has failed to hit the heights expected during his time in Cleveland.

He finished his first season in Cleveland with 1,035 receiving yards, but the Browns missed out on the playoffs.

Beckham was sidelined with a torn ACL in 2020 as the Browns ended their postseason drought, reaching the Divisional Round, and he returned from that injury in Week 3 of this season.

So far this year, Beckham has made 17 catches for 232 yards for a Browns team that sits last in the AFC North at 4-4 as quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was seemingly the target of the ire of Beckham's father, has battled a torn labrum.

Despite his struggles in Cleveland, Beckham - a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time second-team All-Pro with the Giants - would seemingly have plenty of interest in his services.

He topped 1,000 yards in four of his five seasons with the Giants - most of 2017 was lost to an ankle injury - with Julio Jones (103.8) and Antonio Brown (100.6) the only wide receivers between 2014 and 2018 to average more yards per game than Beckham (92.8).

Baker Mayfield was "pretty surprised" by Odell Beckham Sr's apparent criticism of the Cleveland Browns quarterback, insisting he wants the best for Odell Beckham Jr.

The Browns wide receiver was thrust into the spotlight ahead of the trade deadline on Tuesday when his father posted a lengthy video on Instagram showing a number of occasions on which Mayfield failed to find his team-mate.

Beckham Sr. also responded to comments criticising Mayfield, seemingly agreeing the one-time Heisman Trophy winner was hampering his son's performances.

Beckham Jr., who returned from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in Week 3 this year, has 17 catches for 232 yards and zero touchdowns for the 4-4 Browns, who are bottom of the AFC North. He has been targeted 34 times.

In the six games before his Week 7 injury in 2020, Beckham had 23 receptions on 42 targets for 319 yards and three TDs.

With Mayfield – who is averaging a career-high 8.3 yards per passing attempt but has tossed only six TD scores – blamed by Beckham Sr., he described himself as "surprised" but not "hurt".

"I've had conversations with his dad before, man-to-man, face-to-face, and I was pretty surprised by the video and the intentions and the feelings behind it," Mayfield said.

He added: "Naturally, he wants his son to succeed. I can't blame him for that. I want Odell to succeed. That's where we were at – or at least so I thought."

Beckham will do well to succeed from the sideline, though. He was "excused" from practice on Wednesday, coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed, with his future in doubt despite staying in Cleveland.

Should he return, Mayfield is willing to work with Beckham again, having had 110 completions for 1,513 passing yards from 202 targets throwing to the former New York Giants wideout – second to Jarvis Landry in each category for the QB's NFL career.

"If he's back, then we'll work through it and do whatever it takes," Mayfield said. "I can put my ego and pride to the side to win. Because that's all I care about is winning.

"If not, then we'll roll with the guys we have out there. And those guys will know that I completely trust them, and they'll know that I'm always here for them, and that's the leader and the type of quarterback I am."

The Browns actually have a better record without Beckham than with him since his 2019 signing, going 14-15 when the receiver is in the team compared to 7-4 when he is missing.

Odell Beckham Jr remained with the Cleveland Browns beyond the trade deadline, but his future became no clearer on Wednesday when he was "excused" from practice. 

Despite Beckham not being realistically seen as a mover before the deadline on Tuesday, he was the source of plenty of conversation due to his disappointing returns this season. 

The Browns wide receiver has 17 catches for 232 yards and zero touchdowns since returning from a torn ACL in Week 3. 

Odell Beckham Sr posted a lengthy video on Instagram on Tuesday showing Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield repeatedly failing to find his son. 

NBA great LeBron James, an Ohio native, tweeted "#FreeOBJ", saying Beckham would "show again why he's special". 

But when Beckham gets the opportunity to do so is in significant doubt, with the player not attending practice with his team-mates on Wednesday. 

Asked if the former New York Giants wideout was still a member of the team, coach Kevin Stefanski replied cryptically: "I would just tell you today he is excused, and we will see where this goes." 

Mayfield's media availability was postponed on Wednesday, and he has yet to comment. 

Odell Beckham Jr's father is not happy with the Cleveland Browns wide receiver's numbers this season, and a famous fan shares that sentiment.

Ohio native LeBron James took to Twitter to voice his frustration at Beckham's production, though, like the wideout's father, he appears to not blame the man himself.

The four-time NBA MVP posted on Tuesday: "OBJ will show again why he's special. WR1 #FreeOBJ."

That tweet followed an Instagram post from Odell Beckham Sr featuring an 11-minute video showing clips of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield eschewing chances to throw to an open Beckham.

The social media posts came on the day of the NFL's trade deadline, but Beckham is not among the players expected to be moved despite his struggles.

Beckham has 17 catches for 232 yards and zero touchdowns for the Browns since returning from a torn ACL in Week 3.

Those numbers have been somewhat impacted by a shoulder injury to Mayfield, who missed the Browns' Week 7 win over a Denver Broncos because of a torn labrum but returned on Sunday for Cleveland's 15-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Odell Beckham Jr. has been ruled out of the Cleveland Browns' Week 2 clash with the Houston Texans.

The star wide receiver is continuing to work his way back from a left knee injury but, after he was a game-time decision ahead of the Browns' Week 1 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, head coach Kevin Stefanski opted to rule him out early this week for the sake of the clarity of their gameplan.

Beckham will continue practicing on a limited basis as he attempts to recover in time for the Browns' Week 3 meeting with the Chicago Bears.

"He was pushing to get there, just didn't feel like he could play a significant number of snaps," Stefanski said of Beckham's absence against the Texans.

"I just felt like this for this week, the prudent thing to do was let those other [receivers] get all those reps and let's game plan accordingly.

"With Odell, we're just going to make sure that we continue to be smart about it and listen to him – he knows his body better than anybody.

"And then we'll make the decision that's right for him and the team."

Beckham had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in Week 7 last season. The three-time Pro Bowler caught 23 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns in his seven games.

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