Odell Beckham Jr. is a player unlike any that the Cleveland Browns have had in a long time - both on and off the field.
The on-field part will have to wait a few more months, but the off-the-field Beckham was on full display Monday evening at the annual Met Gala. (No disrespect, but we can’t remember Darrin Chiaverini ever attending the Met Gala.)
GQ magazine caught up with Beckham a day before the event while he was being fitted for a kilt - we told you he was unlike any player the Browns have seen - and while most of the article was focused on fashion, Beckham also shared his thoughts about the Browns.
Beckham said that he is “probably the happiest I’ve ever been in my life,” and that he had grown unhappy with playing for the New York Giants, describing the situation as one that “became not the right fit.”
But Beckham saved the money quote for quarterback Baker Mayfield and what he hopes to accomplish in Cleveland:
“I would say (Mayfield’s) next, but I feel like he’s now. He’s Brett Favre—he’s going to be a Hall of Famer. I plan on being there for the next five years and trying to bring as many championships there as possible, turning [the Browns] into the new Patriots.”
That is big talk from a player who has yet to step on the field in a Cleveland uniform, but that is part of the Beckham experience and something the Browns can use.
This team is building a talented roster that should be able to be a legitimate contender for the next several years, and part of that is having players who believe they can win. As long as they can back it up when the time comes, and continue to put “we” in front of “me,” then it is all good.
There was some initial fear when the Beckham trade was first announced that he did not want to come to Cleveland or that he would be a distraction. Given his recent comments, those fears seem unfounded as Beckham comes across as someone ready to take on the challenge of elevating the franchise to the next level.