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"It was distracting" - Browns players reveal how feud between Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield played out in locker room

Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield
Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield
Thom Allison

The fraught relationship between former Browns teammates Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. may have been the worst kept secret in football last year. Now, two guys with ringside seats in the locker room have confirmed that the tension between the pair was genuine, and it had an impact on the team.

Speaking on the Varsity House podcast, LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and DB Greg Newsome, both rookies last season, discussed their high-profile teammates. They praised the positive impact both players had on them, especially OBJ, before acknowledging the issues between the pair.

Was the OBJ-Baker saga overblown? JOK and Greg Newsome give their thoughts on @varsityhousepod w/ hosts @ShaunCrawf20 & @Jones11_ Subscribe to channel for updates! https://t.co/G77kcaI5gW

Owusu-Koramoah had the following words of praise for Beckhan Jr.:

"Odell’s gotta be one of the best teammates that I’ve had. It's wild if I had been from the outside looking in, but he would be looking out the rookies."

Newsome also spoke candidly about Beckham and Mayfield:

"Odell is the best teammate, there was no hazing and after practice he would be like, 'Hey bro, let's work on this'. But honestly, the crazy thing is, Baker was a great teammate, too."

Both players confirmed that the fued was the talk of the locker room, and at times distracting. But they also argued that it had also been blown out of proportion by the media.

Where did it go wrong for Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. partnership

When the Browns acquired Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants prior to the 2019 season, hopes were higher than ever for the long-suffering fans in Cleveland. The hype train had already derailed by Week 9 that season, as a loss to the Denver Broncos left the Browns 2-6, and more or less, out of playoff contention.

When the #Browns traded for OBJ, it felt similar to when LeBron came home. What a massive mistake that trade was.

Late in the game, Baker Mayfield had a chance to throw to a wide open OBJ, but he didn't and we saw the first signs of friction between the pair. OBJ was visibly upset.

Baker Mayfield was panned on social media. But word soon emanated from the dressing room that Beckham had gone on a walkabout on his route. This was the first example of what would become a familiar theme.

y’all know my feelings toward obj but he has every right to be upset https://t.co/HLQLuB5Tmj

Over the next two seasons, the pair would spend hours together, both on and off the practice field, socialising and even going on holiday with each other. But as soon as they got on the field, they weren't on the same page.

Truthfully, they were reading a completely different book, and the more they forced it, the more awkward it became.

The end of their fractured relationship came via a social media controversy, sparked by OBJ's dad. OBJ senior posted a compliation video of Mayfield not throwing to his son, who was wide open in all the clips.

Beckham remained silent, neither dismissing the post, nor reassuring Baker, and within days OBJ was released by the Browns.

Odell's dad posts video showing Baker missing throws to OBJ:"If you think Odell is washed, go watch this video. He's running these perfect routes, getting separation, getting open. It's not that Baker is throwing it to someone else, he's throwing to no one." — @getnickwright https://t.co/7kbmbGWsAD

Odell Beckham Jr. went on to win a Super Bowl with the Rams, while the Browns were all in on Mayfield until Deshaun Watson arrived. Is the beef genuine or overblown?


Edited by Akshay Saraswat

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