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OBJ: I Was Stuck At Place With Giants That Wasn't Working For Me

Jun 21, 2019 4:06 PM

Odell Beckham Jr. said he believes leaving the New York Giants was necessary for his career.

"I can’t wait to get going," said Beckham. "I just felt with the Giants I was just stuck at a place that wasn’t working for me anymore. I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to reach my full potential there; mentally, physically, spiritually, everything I felt capable of doing, I just couldn’t see it happening there. So I think allowing me to be in an environment where I can be myself and give it a different approach, I feel like my football will benefit. I’m just excited about being able to play football again and not have to deal with all the other stuff and politics that came with my previous role."

Beckham was asked about playing with former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry with the Browns.

"I’m very excited by the culture at the Browns. It’s been building over the years, and they’ve got players over there who I just know I’m gonna click with. Jarvis is a brother of mine, and we dreamed of this moment. It’s just crazy that it’s actually happening. The percentage of people that make it to the NFL is less than 1%, so the chances of me playing with one of my brothers on the same team is a dream manifested, for sure."

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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NFL Draft Headed To Cleveland, Kansas City

May 23, 2019 8:27 AM

The NFL has awarded the 2021 draft to Cleveland and the 2023 draft to Kansas City following an owner's meeting in Key Biscayne, Florida.

The 2020 draft was previously awarded to Las Vegas.

The league was not ready to move on bids for the 2022 draft, saying about 20 cities are interested in hosting that year.

The league said last month that more than 600,000 people attended the draft over the three days in Nashville, eclipsing the 250,000 who attended in Philadelphia.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

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Browns GM, Coach Attend Kareem Hunt's Baptism

May 20, 2019 8:03 AM

John Dorsey and Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns attended Kareem Hunt's baptism ceremony Sunday in support of the running back, who is trying to turn his life around.

Hunt's baptism took place at True Vine Baptist Church in Cleveland.

He told reporters last week that he was "looking forward [to the baptism] so I can feel reborn."

Hunt signed with the Browns in February after being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs when a video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman at his Cleveland residence in 2018. Because of that altercation, Hunt will miss the first eight games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

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Kareem Hunt: I Won't 'Mess This Up' With Browns

May 16, 2019 10:09 AM

Kareem Hunt says he made a mistake and plans to make the most out of his chance with the Cleveland Browns.

"I know I am not going to mess this up again," he said on the first day of the team's OTAs.

Hunt signed with the Browns in February after being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs when a video surfaced of Hunt, 23, shoving and kicking a woman at his Cleveland residence in 2018.

He will miss the first eight games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

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Odell Beckham Will Take Part In OTAs With Browns

May 14, 2019 8:18 AM

Odell Beckham, Jr. is expected to participate in organized team activities with the Cleveland Browns when they begin on Tuesday.

Cleveland's OTAs consist of 10 voluntary days over the next three weeks.

While with the New York Giants last year, Beckham took part in seven voluntary workouts.

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Odell Beckham Wants To Turn Browns Into New Patriots

May 7, 2019 9:06 AM

Odell Beckham, Jr. has big plans for the Cleveland Browns.

The wide receiver, who landed with the Browns via a notable trade with the New York Giants, appeared at the Met Gala.

"I plan on being there for the next five years and trying to bring as many championships there as possible," Beckham said, "turning [the Browns] into the new Patriots."

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Myles Garrett Excited By 'More Freedom' Under New DC

May 3, 2019 8:24 AM

Myles Garrett is coming off a 13.5-sack season, but he's excited to make more of a difference under new Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.

Garrett was largely limited to two moves under previous coordinator Gregg Williams.

"I hopefully have more freedom to be the player I want to be," Garrett said. "Gregg was more like: 'You win with these two moves. I don't want to see anything else out of you.'

"It's kind of hard with two moves. I feel like you can't always be so predictable. You can be as strong or fast as you want, but speed-chop and power move aren't always going to work. You have to mix up what you're doing. Sometimes you have to stutter step, sometimes you have to spin inside, you have to run some games. You have to have some freedom to throw different looks at them, and we didn't always have that."

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Browns Interested In Trading For Gerald McCoy

Apr 30, 2019 9:15 AM

The Cleveland Browns have "ongoing interest" in trading for Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McCoy has been available for much of the current offseason.

McCoy is due to earn $13 million in 2019, $12.5 million in 2020, and nearly $13 million in the final year of his contract.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Vegas Predicts Browns Will Miss Playoffs

Apr 30, 2019 8:23 AM

Expectations are high for the Cleveland Browns, but one Las Vegas sportsbook doesn't have them favored to quality for the playoffs.

The SuperBook at the Westgate Las Vegas opened odds on all teams to make (or miss) the postseason on Sunday afternoon, with the Browns a -120 favorite to miss the playoffs (EVEN to make).

Cleveland hasn't made the postseason since 2002 and finished 7-8-1 last year (and 1-31 the previous two seasons).

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Freddie Kitchens Unfazed By Duke Johnson's Trade Request

Apr 29, 2019 8:38 AM

Duke Johnson didn't report to offseason workouts with the Cleveland Browns last month and has reportedly requested a trade.

This year's NFL Draft came and went without the Browns moving Johnson, who likely will have a reduced role with new acquisitions Kareem Hunt and Odell Beckham in the fold.

"Duke is under contract. I have said this for like a month now, I don't know where all this trade talk started happening," Freddie Kitchens said. "People just assumed that we are going to trade him because we signed another good football player. Me, personally, I like good football players and I like as many of them as we can get.

"Duke Johnson is on this football team, Duke Johnson will have a vital role in this football team and Duke Johnson will help us win football games. Am I surprised that he's still here? No, not one bit. I haven't wavered and never said anything different other than that."

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Odell Beckham Jr. Critical Of Dave Gettleman's Comments
Odell Beckham Jr. has responded to indirect criticism from Dave Gettleman that the Giants no longer have a "culture problem."

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49ers Were 'Stunned' When By OBJ Trade, Would Have Offered Better Deal
Dave Gettleman never shopped Cleveland's deal around in hopes of a better trade of Odell Beckham.

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Browns Trade Emmanuel Ogbah To Chiefs For Eric Murray
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Duke Johnson Requests Trade From Browns
The Jets, Texans and Eagles have interest in Duke Johnson.

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Emmanuel Ogbah Doesn't Report To Browns In Advance Of Possible Trade
When Emmanuel Ogbah is traded, only three players will remain from the 14 taken in the 2016 draft by the Browns.

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49ers Confirm They Were Unwilling To Trade No. 2 For Odell Beckham
The 49ers were aggressive in their pursuit of a trade for Odell Beckham.

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John Mara Was 'Reluctant' For Giants To Trade Odell Beckham
Giants ownership considers the trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns among the toughest moves they have ever made.

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Bills Had No Interest When Giants Called About Odell Beckham Trade
After a trade for Antonio Brown fell through, the Bills received a call from the Giants on their interest in Odell Beckham Jr.

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49ers Were Unwilling To Trade No. 2 Overall Pick For Odell Beckham Jr.
The 49ers had interest in trading for Odell Beckham Jr. both during the 2018 season and again in the offseason.

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Glazer Sensed Giants Planned To Take Best OBJ Offer By Certain Date
Jay Glazer explained his reasoning on the Odell Beckham Jr. prediction.

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Kareem Hunt Suspended Eight Games By NFL
Kareem Hunt will not appeal the suspension.

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Breshad Perriman Joins Buccaneers After Browns Acquire OBJ
Breshad Perriman agreed to joins the Browns on Tuesday, but those plans were scraped when the team acquired Odell Beckham, Jr. in a trade with the Giants.

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Giants Trade Odell Beckham Jr. To Browns
The Browns will trade a first round pick, third round pick and Jabrill Peppers to the Giants for Odell Beckham.

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Sheldon Richardson Agrees To Three-Year, $39M Deal With Browns
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Giants Agree To Trade Olivier Vernon To Browns
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Browns Release Jamie Collins
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