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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) looks at his watch during warmups before a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. remembers the rumors that often linked him to the Patriots.

And it sure sounds like he wishes that they came true.

“Two, three years ago, there was speculation that was going on,” Beckham Jr., who was traded from New York to Cleveland this past offseason, recalled. “I was willing and ready to go over there [to New England] at any point in time. That was always a dream of mine to play for Tom Brady.”

The Patriots reportedly made a call on Beckham Jr., but it’s unlikely that Bill Belichick would have legitimately bested the Browns’ offer (a first-round pick, third-round pick, and 2017 first-round pick Jabrill Pepppers), nor would he have had a real interest in adding Beckham Jr.’s mammoth contract to the New England books for the next four years. Belichick has always made moves for the talent when made available, but it’s always been relatively cost-effective in the grand scheme of things.

But that didn’t stop OBJ, who plans to present Brady with some GOAT-themed cleats, from salivating at the thought of what could have been with a quarterback who is still wowing him (and the rest of the league) in 2019.

“He’s not human to be playing the way he’s still playing,” Beckham Jr. said of the 42-year-old Brady. “Decisive decisions, knows how to manage a game. Plays offense and defense with the way that he plays. He’s just very smart. He’s the best to ever do it. I don’t think anybody could really argue it. He’s just the greatest. I definitely want some of the water that he’s drinking.”

Beckham Jr. also had some praise for Belichick, saying that Belichick constantly jokes that “there’s not going to be much” for Beckham Jr. in the game, and that he’s been right every time due to the way he coaches up his defense.

But before you get too excited, Beckham Jr. had plenty of nice things to say about his current quarterback, Baker Mayfield, and has another four years on the five-year, $90 million contract Beckham Jr. signed during his tenure with the Giants.

Still, a man superstar wideout can dream all the same.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.