Browns Rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. Reports to Minicamp After Skipping OTAs

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2019

Cleveland Browns' Odell Beckham answers questions during a news conference Monday, April 1, 2019, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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Odell Beckham Jr. reported to the Cleveland Browns' team facilities in Berea, Ohio, ahead of the team's three-day mandatory minicamp, according to the Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich.

Although Beckham initially took part in the Browns' OTAs earlier in the offseason, he subsequently left and didn't participate in the voluntary workouts further.

Players skipping OTAs is nothing new, even in the cases of players changing teams. Le'Veon Bell was notably absent from the New York Jets' workouts throughout the spring.

Ulrich added the Browns had little doubt Beckham would show up in time for the minicamp, especially since he risked an $88,650 fine by avoiding the three-day event.

Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens in April played down any sort of discord arising from Beckham missing OTAs.

"There's no problem with Odell not being here," he told reporters. "I'd rather him be here. He's not here. It's voluntary. That's what the word voluntary means. He can decide to come or he can't. But under no circumstance am I going to say that I'm pissed off at Odell for not being here."

However, Kitchens said last week the three-time Pro Bowler missed "a lot" from the sessions.

Browns fans are understandably antsy about seeing Beckham start to build a connection with Baker Mayfield. They have the potential to be one of the NFL's most dynamic aerial duos.

Any concerns about Beckham's offseason preparations will likely fall by the wayside once minicamp gets underway, and then he participates in training camp later in the summer.