WR Odell Beckham Jr. Says He Couldn’t Reach His “Full Potential” With Giants

Odell Beckham Jr. with the Giants. Photo by Christopher Szagola/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

New York Giants fans were not happy to see wideout Odell Beckham Jr. being traded to Cleveland Browns, but it seems like the 26-year-old Pro Bowler welcomed the move.

Beckham recently discussed his move with Complex and told the magazine that he felt he couldn’t reach his “full potential” with the Giants.

“I just felt with the Giants I was just stuck at a place that wasn’t working for me anymore,” – said Beckham. “I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to reach my full potential there. Mentally, physically, spiritually, everything I felt capable of doing, I just couldn’t see it happening there. So I think allowing me to be in an environment where I can be myself and give it a different approach, I feel like my football will benefit. I’m just excited about being able to play football again and not have to deal with all the other stuff and politics that came with my previous role.”

Odell Beckham established himself as one of the best WRs in football during his time in the NFL, but his talent was overshadowed by troubling behavior. Giants were initially ready to look past this, giving him a five-year, $95 million contract extension in 2018, but continued to listen to offers for him.

Several teams were interested in his services, but Browns had the best offer and ended up winning Beckham sweepstake with a package revolving around No.17 pick in 2019 NFL Draft and safety Jabrill Peppers.

In his five years in New York, Beckham managed to rack up 390 receptions for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns. His career highlights include NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, three Pro Bowl selections, and two Second-team All-Pro honors.