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Odell Beckham Jr.'s dad shares video critical of Baker Mayfield; LeBron James backs star WR

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Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been open many times this season when quarterback Baker Mayfield has either not passed to him or missed him because of an off-target throw or miscommunication.

Anyone who watches the Browns (4-4) closely already knows that.

But for those who aren't aware, Beckham's father, Odell Beckham Sr., apparently wants them to know.

Early Tuesday morning, a video was posted on Beckham Sr.'s verified Instagram account highlighting the Browns' missed opportunities from Weeks 3-6 when OBJ was open.

Later Tuesday, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James showed support for Beckham by tweeting, "OBJ will show again why he’s special. WR1 #FreeOBJ."

Beckham and Akron native James are friends. They spoke about Cleveland when the Browns acquired Beckham in March 2019 in a trade with the New York Giants, and OBJ even jokingly asked James if he could borrow his mansion in Bath Township.

Trade speculation is always swirling around Beckham partly because the three-time Pro Bowl selection has not consistently produced at an elite level with the Browns.

The NFL trade deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday, so the recent social media activity of Beckham Sr. and James has created the impression OBJ wants out of Cleveland.

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) takes the field before an NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) takes the field before an NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

The post on Beckham Sr.'s Instagram account includes a caption containing a series of hashtags, including "#ihurt4him" and "#iloveclevelandlikeilovehome#ilovemysonMO."

Someone who commented on the post claimed Mayfield "just doesn't wanna get Odell the ball." Beckham Sr. responded to the comment with three check mark emojis.

The video, which originates from YouTube, doesn't include footage from Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in which Beckham caught one pass on one official target for 6 yards.

In six games this season, Beckham has 17 catches on 34 targets for 232 yards and two carries for 14 yards. He has not scored a touchdown.

Beckham, who's making $15.75 million this year and will turn 29 on Friday, hasn't talked to Browns beat writers since Oct. 14, when he compared himself with NBA star James Harden to explain he wants the ball, but also insisted he wants to win a Super Bowl more than anything.

"The ultimate goal is to win the championship, and I feel like I'm in a great situation to do that," Beckham said. "And it may not be me [catching the ball]. There's going to be days where it will be my day."

Since Beckham made those comments, the Browns have lost two of three games, all at home. They'll have an AFC North matchup on the road Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3).

Last season in Cincinnati, Beckham suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Oct. 25, 2020. He worked tirelessly to come back and said in late July he thought the Browns had "a special opportunity" in 2021.

So far, this season has been a disappointment for Beckham and the team.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Odell Beckham Jr.'s dad shares video critical of Baker Mayfield