The Cleveland Browns plan to release wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Andrew Berry announced the team's decision in an official statement shared on the team's website Friday morning.
"After careful consideration, internal discussions and conversations with Odell and his representation, we've determined that it is in the best interest of all parties involved that Odell no longer plays for the Cleveland Browns. We appreciate all his efforts and contributions while in Cleveland, but we've just reached a point where it is best that we move forward as a team without Odell. We are finalizing the process of granting Odell his release and we wish him well as he continues his career."
Beckham emerged as one of the NFL's brightest stars after being selected No. 12 overall by the New York Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft, following a stellar collegiate career at LSU.
The Louisiana native was the 2014 NFL Rookie of the Year and a three-time Pro Bowler during his first five seasons with the Giants, before being acquired by the Browns, along with Olivier Vernon, in exchange for Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler, and multiple 2019 NFL Draft picks in March 2019.
Beckham's tenure in Cleveland has been considered a disappointment as he's caught only 114 receptions for 1,586 yards and seven touchdowns during three seasons, while also recording eight rushes for 96 yards and one touchdown.
Earlier this week, his father, Odell Beckham Sr., shared an 11-minute video on his verified Instagram account that specifically called out quarterback Baker Mayfield for missing his son on numerous passing plays.
On Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reported Beckham requested a trade away from the Browns on multiple occasions this year, with the initial request coming during the past offseason while recovering from a torn ACL.
The Browns also reportedly excused Beckham from practice for a second consecutive day on Thursday, ESPN reported.