The New England Patriots have a new quarterback on their roster — one that was working out with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. earlier this offseason. Naturally, this has caused some stir on social media about the Pro Bowler possibly joining Cam Newton in New England for what is the latest chapter in an ongoing series of speculation about Beckham one day possible coming to the Patriots via trade.
Beckham Jr, however, was quick to respond to tweets directed at him by comedian Bob Menery and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood:
Lol no sir boss! But y’all got my brother , wishin nothin but the best and LUV https://t.co/7tGiuvxJsp— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) June 29, 2020
U can find me in The LAND homie! We got unfinished business https://t.co/sqnWRGwLGT— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) June 29, 2020
Beckham has been surrounded by trade speculation going all the way back to his days with the New York Giants, who originally selected him in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. While one of the best wide receivers in the league, the Giants and Beckham appeared to be headed in different directions as early as the 2017 season. A five-year, $95 million contract extension in August 2018 seemed to put an end to the rumors but they did not go away — especially in regards to the Patriots.
“I’d say the thing that’s impressed me the most about him is his toughness,” New England head coach Bill Belichick said about him in 2015. “I mean he’s not a big guy, but he competes well. He goes inside, goes after the ball, takes a hit, hangs on to it. He’s a tough, competitive player and very good with the ball in his hands, not just going up and getting it. He’s got obviously a bunch of highlight catches, but when he catches the ball he can run with it and make plays with his quickness and his open field running ability.”
A trade with the Patriots never materialized, however, despite rumors about the club aggressively pursuing him. Instead, the Giants sent him to the Browns last March. This move did apparently not kill the speculation, though, as some still believe the 27-year-old will eventually end up in New England after all.
But while the Patriots would benefit from a talent like Beckham, he himself said it best: “Lol no sir boss!”