Odell Beckham Jr. Rumors: Details of Browns Contract Restructure Revealed

Erin WalshNovember 6, 2021

CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 31: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the Cleveland Browns looks on before the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to hit waivers Monday, and the particulars of his revised contract are surfacing Saturday.

The Browns reportedly converted a "significant amount" of Beckham's remaining salary to a roster bonus, according to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio. If the 29-year-old is claimed on waivers, he'll receive his remaining salary and roster bonus from his new team. If he goes unclaimed, the Browns won't have to pay the bonus. However, they will have to pay his remaining salary. 

Florio added that the roster bonus is thought to be in the $3 million range, which means Beckham's remaining salary is around $4.25 million

The three-time Pro Bowler is set to hit waivers following a quick fallout with the Browns after his father, Odell Beckham Sr., posted a video Tuesday on Instagram highlighting times quarterback Baker Mayfield didn't throw the ball to his son or missed him when he was open.

According to ESPN's Jake Trotter, Beckham never reached out to Mayfield to address the issue. The former New York Giant was then excused from Browns practices over the past week, and head coach Kevin Stefanski told players Beckham was essentially not part of the team anymore. 

The receiver reportedly asked to be traded multiple times during the offseason and after last week's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com

Beckham struggled to develop a connection with Mayfield in his three seasons with the Browns. He recorded 1,035 yards in his first campaign with the team before missing most of the 2020 season because of a torn ACL. He has been largely ineffective this year, and his chemistry issues with Mayfield became clear. 

He is still expected to have several suitors despite his recent struggles. The New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders have reportedly shown interest, per Jordan Schultz of the Pull Up podcast, and it wouldn't be surprising if they tried to claim him on waivers or sign him as a free agent. 

The Los Angeles Rams also might be eyeing the former LSU star, with Von Miller and Jalen Ramsey recruiting him on Instagram.