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Stephon Gilmore of the New England Patriots defense Odell Beckham Jr. of the Cleveland Browns during a game at Gillette Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

By Matt McCarthy,

Amid the worst statistical season of his career, Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was vague when asked about his future in Cleveland on Thursday.

“No one knows what the future holds,” said Beckham when reporters asked him if he wanted to play in Cleveland next year. “I couldn’t tell you what’s going to happen.”

“I couldn’t sit here and tell you whether I’m going to be here, want to be here, don’t want to be here,” Beckham added. “This is exactly where I’m at now, and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.”

Beckham is in the middle of his first season in Cleveland. The Browns are 5-7 and Beckham has hauled in just two touchdowns and 802 yards on 57 catches, a far-cry from his output with the New York Giants.

In Beckham’s words, he is “not having a good season.”

The Browns failures to meet expectations in 2019 have led to speculation that the team could look to make changes in the offseason.

Reports in the past have indicated that the Patriots have been interested in Beckham, who has said himself that playing with Tom Brady would be a dream come true.

“Two, three years ago, there was speculation that was going on,” Beckham Jr. said of the Patriots rumored interest in him. “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.”

“He’s the best to ever do it,” Beckham said of Brady. “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 was traded from the Giants to the Browns for a first round pick, a third round pick, and safety Jabrill Peppers earlier this year. His five-year, $90 million contract runs through 2023.

Before the trade to Cleveland, NBC Sports Chris Simms reported the Patriots aggressively pursued a trade for Beckham at some point in 2018.

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