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FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 27: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the Cleveland Browns looks on after a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Happy birthday Odell Beckham Jr.!

That’s right, the star receiver turns 29 years old on Friday, and what a whirlwind of a celebration it will likely be. Late Thursday night, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio was the first to report that the Browns are working towards releasing the two-time All-Pro. Friday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter added that before officially placing Beckham on waivers, Cleveland reworked Beckham’s contract in order to lessen the financial hit of releasing him. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Beckham’s new base salary is expected to be $1 million for 2021.

UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns and Beckham agreed to waive the final two years of Beckham’s contract. He’ll carry a $7.5 million cap hit for the remainder of this season, then become a free agent this March.

This move comes after what has been a rocky few years for Beckham in Cleveland. The final straw between the two sides came earlier this week, when Beckham’s father shared a video on social media calling out quarterback Baker Mayfield for not getting his son the ball.

Dating back to his time with the Giants, Beckham has often been floated as a potential fit in New England. Part of that was due to his admiration for quarterback Tom Brady, who is of course no longer a part of the picture in Foxborough. However, he’s also a fan of Bill Belichick, and “the feeling is mutual” on Belichick’s end, CLNS Media’s Evan Lazar reported this week. “To be going to Belichick, there is no like ‘How is it going to work?’ For me, all he want to do is to put you in a place to succeed, and I’m happy to see it,” Beckham said of Belichick in 2020.

Some have compared Beckham’s current situation to the one Randy Moss was in before arriving in New England. Seen as an elite receiver to begin his career with the Minnesota Vikings, Moss’ production dropped dramatically during two seasons in Oakland in 2005 and 2006. Unhappy with the situation, Moss demanded out and was traded to the Patriots for a fourth-round pick at 30-years-old, ultimately returning to superstar form in New England.

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