Andrew Berry, Browns done addressing OBJ rumors

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Andrew Berry and the Browns are done talking about trading Odell Beckham Jr.

At least publicly responding to reports or rumors involving the possibility, including one last week that had the three-time Pro Bowler potentially moving on to the Vikings.

“As an organization, we really have addressed this several times at this point,” Berry said Monday. “I really don’t think any more needs to be said about it.”

Last week Marc Malusis of WFAN reported the Browns and Vikings discussed a trade that involved Cleveland receiving 2021 second- and fifth-round picks from Minnesota in return.

That report has been vehemently denied by the Browns.

“It's frustrating a little bit, obviously,” chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta said Friday. “I think it is pretty clear what we are trying to build at this point. We have done an awful lot in free agency. We are excited about what we have a chance to do in the draft, and we are really building around a core of players that we think have a chance to be a championship-caliber core.

“The idea that we would take away from that core at this moment just does not make a whole lot of sense and is really not something that we are exploring at all.”

Since Beckham was acquired in March 2019, there have been multiple reports nationally about Beckham’s future in Cleveland involving him being traded or his alleged unhappiness with playing for the Browns.

DePodesta did his best to douse that fire as well.

“I have no reason to believe he doesn't want to be here,” DePodesta said. “Odell has been very good this offseason. He has been engaged with Kevin [Stefanski].

“I think he is excited about the possibilities of what this offensive system could bring for him, and we are excited to have him.”

Beckham played through a core muscle injury during the 2019 season that saw him finish second on the team in catches with 74 and yardage with 1,035 yards behind Jarvis Landry.