Beckham isn't present Wednesday for the Browns' voluntary OTAs, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. The Browns reportedly are on board with Beckham being a part-time participant in the offseason program. He was present Tuesday for the start of OTAs but isn't with his teammates a day later. There hasn't been any suggestion that his quadriceps injury from last season is playing a role in the atypical approach to offseason workouts. It mostly just seems that a select group of NFL players are challenging the notion they should always be expected to participate in something that's explicitly labeled as voluntary.
Beckham (quad) will participate Tuesday when the Browns begin OTAs, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports. Beckham showed up April 1 for the first day of the team's voluntary offseason program, then left Cleveland to work out on his own. He'll likely join his teammates for all three rounds of OTAs in May, though June minicamp is the only mandatory activity before the beginning of training camp. There hasn't been any suggestion that Beckham's quad injury from December is still an issue.
Although Beckham (quadriceps) attended the first day of the Browns' offseason program Monday, he wasn't present Tuesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "We don't really know the specifics right now, but he won't be here continually right now," coach Freddie Kitchens said. "He'll be back and forth, but he has some things he has to tie up, and we're getting all of that in order now." Beckham was a sporadic attendee of the Giants' offseason program the past two years, so his current absence has precedence. By all indications, he'll make his presence felt at OTAs throughout May and mandatory minicamp from June 4-6 to build his rapport with Baker Mayfield and company. Beckham has yet to address the quadriceps injury that forced four consecutive DNPs to conclude last season, but the aforementioned activities eventually will put an end to any questions about his health.
Beckham (quadriceps) is being traded from the Giants to the Browns in exchange for safety Jabrill Peppers along with a 2019 first-round and third-round pick, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Beckham had been rumored to be in trade talks, and the Giants and Browns now have a deal in place. He'll undoubtedly be the top pass-catcher on the offense alongside Jarvis Landry. The blockbuster deal will increase the fantasy value of quarterback Baker Mayfield and could make life easier for running backs Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson. Beckham is coming off a 2018 season that saw him record 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games.
The Giants don't plan to trade Beckham (quadriceps), but they're probably willing to listen to offers if another team calls, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. Signed to a five-year, $90 million extension last offseason, Beckham caught 77 of 124 targets for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games before missing the final four weeks of 2018 with a quad injury. He should make a full recovery before the start of the offseason program, if he isn't already back to 100 percent. Trade rumors are reasonable in the sense that Beckham would be more valuable to a team with good playoff odds, but any deal would essentially be a concession to a major rebuild in New York. With the 26-year-old wideout joined by Saquon Barkley (22 years old), Evan Engram (24) and Sterling Shepard (25), the Giants presumably are aiming for a quick turnaround, perhaps with the help of a young quarterback. The team likely would expect multiple early draft picks -- or starting-caliber players on rookie contracts -- just as a starting point to open discussions about trading Beckham.
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|2||09/17||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|3||09/23||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|5||10/08||@San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|8||10/27||@New England Patriots||14||21.68|
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