Damian Lillard Calls for Raiders to Trade for Star WR

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Things haven’t started off as planned for the Cleveland Browns and it’s fueled plenty of trade drama, specifically involving Odell Beckham. Cleveland’s loaded roster hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations, with Beckham being one of the biggest disappointments to start the season. It’s led to some speculating that the Browns should start making moves.

Naturally, fans of NFL teams are bound to petition their teams to try and acquire a top talent like Beckham. One team that would likely be a big player if the Browns made Odell available is the Oakland Raiders. And Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard is already calling on them to make the move.

This isn’t the first comment that’s been made about why Cleveland should be open to moving Beckham, even after acquiring him via trade this offseason.

FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd thinks the Browns should trade Beckham sooner rather than later.

“…I would strongly consider trading OBJ and there are three reasons for this,” said Cowherd. He went on to talk about how the Browns need an offensive line.

“Everybody ripped Houston when they made that big trade and got Laremy Tunsil. You notice Houston last week? No sacks, five touchdown passes. They moved off those coveted first-round picks, they solved the left tackle position. Deshaun Watson, not sure if you noticed last week, looked like the MVP. It is time to consider moving OBJ. It’s not a hot take. It’s the action Cleveland should take.”

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What Would It Take to Acquire OBJ?

In the unlikely scenario where the Browns do decide to move on from Odell Beckham Jr., it will almost certainly take a major offer to acquire him in a trade. When the Browns got Beckham from the New York Giants, they gave up a first-round pick, Jabrill Peppers (a recent first-round pick) and a second-round pick. Cleveland won’t be too inclined to trade the wide receiver unless they get a similar return. Cowherd is right, the Browns need offensive line help. Outside of Trent Williams in Washington, it seems unlikely that a team is going to trade away a top offensive line this far into the season.

If they can’t get offensive line help, the next best thing will be draft picks. There’s almost no way the Browns are moving Beckham for anything less than two first-round picks. The Raiders have two picks in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft, so that could be enticing for Cleveland.


Should the Raiders Trade 2 First Round Picks for OBJ?

Oakland should exercise extreme caution before trading for a diva wide receiver. The Antonio Brown deal turned out to be a disaster and the Raiders can’t go down that road again if they want to be successful. Now, there’s no indication that Odell Beckham Jr. is anywhere near as bad as Brown. Nobody is. However, he already had one team move on from him this year and it wouldn’t be a huge endorsement for him if a second team doesn’t want him.

Beckham has the talent to demand two first-round picks in a trade, but it’s going to be hard to get that much from the Raiders considering what they’ve been through. If Mike Mayock can get the Browns to accept one of their 2020 first-round picks and a 2021 second-round pick, then that’s a trade the Raiders should make.

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