BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry doesn’t believe star and best friend Odell Beckham Jr., wants to play anywhere but Cleveland.
Landry said Thursday that Beckham has given him no reason to think he wants to be traded by the Browns, who acquired him a blockbuster deal with the New York Giants in March.
“I think he wants to be here,” Landry said. “I know he wants to be here. It’s not even about trying to go somewhere else.”
Over the past two weeks, reports have surfaced that Beckham, who has been slowed by a sports hernia injury since training camp, wants to leave the Browns after one season and that he has gone as far as telling opposing players and coaches during games to “come get me.”
Landry grew close to Beckham when they were teammates at LSU. They dreamed about playing together in the NFL, and Beckham doesn’t think his friend wants to abandon their situation so quickly.
“He’s a guy that comes to work every day,” Landry said. “He’s a guy that’s playing through injuries and all the things that you want out of a player. And inside of this organization, he has a voice. He has responsibility to himself, to all of us to go out there and compete each and every Sunday. And he does that.
“So I don’t think — he doesn’t want to leave, and he’s not trying to leave.”
Landry, the Browns’ nominee for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, said he thinks Beckham is bothered by the endless speculation about his future.
“I’m sure he sees it and it does take a toll in a sense to know that he’s putting his heart and soul into this season for this team and everybody else is trying to make a story off of things that is not really going on,” Landry said.
Landry said he’s also sure Beckham would confide in him if he’s trying to force an exit.
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