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The Cleveland Browns haven’t given up on adding another elite pass catcher to the roster this offseason, or at least the players in the wide receiver room haven’t given up.

Wideout Donovan Peoples-Jones took to Instagram Tuesday, May 17 and posted a shout-out to former teammate Odell Beckham Jr., who left the Browns midway through last season to join the Los Angeles Rams. The Peoples-Jones contribution to the IG story was a video showing the two wide receivers dancing on the field during pregame warm-ups. The caption read: “@obj 😂 😂 miss you mate.”

Brad Stainbrook of The Orange and Brown Report tweeted a screenshot of the IG story on Tuesday.

The Browns’ offense and the status of QB Baker Mayfield were also the main talking points when 92.3 the Fan’s Meredith Kain came to Heavy on Browns to discuss the state of the team and its fan base. Kain also spoke about Deshan Watson’s impending suspension, the state of the Browns’ fanbase and the team’s 2022 timeline. Watch the full conversation here:

Perhaps the Peoples-Jones message to Beckham was just a little nostalgia and nothing more. While it's far from obvious, the move could point to a recruitment effort to persuade Beckham to return to the Browns. It wouldn't be the first time that has happened since the wideout forced its way out of Cleveland midway through the 2021 season after a public beef with then-starting quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Beckham's father released video of Mayfield's lowlights in early November, specifically missed shots and missed opportunities to hit the wide receiver while he was in the open field. Days later, Beckham was available on the open market.

During an interview prior to the Super Bowl, which Beckham's new team won when the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20, Beckham told the media that he regretted the way things went at the end of his time with the Browns.

"One of the biggest regrets I have about the way things ended is that I didn't have ... it's like a breakup, but there really wasn't any closure." said Beckham. "It was just like that. One of the things I've always valued in my life is closure, because if there's no closure, if the doors aren't closed, they're still open. Leaving and leaving these guys you've had lifelong friendships with, they're your brothers, and it was just so abrupt.

Beckham accomplished what he set out to do by joining the Rams in winning a Super Bowl ring and scoring a touchdown in the championship game before a cruciate ligament tear knocked him out in the second quarter.

As a free agent, Beckham's future is uncertain. However, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver has yet to turn 30 and will only be entering his ninth NFL season in 2022. Provided he can recover from the injury and regain his late-season/postseason form, Beckham could still be a player advantage for a competitor next year. He will also have an incentive to perform well as he will be playing for another big contract in the next off-season.

The chances of Beckham returning to the Browns may be slim, but they're not impossible. With the Houston Texans taking over Deshaun Watson, Mayfield is likely headed in Cleveland. With the other additions to the roster, including wide receiver Amari Cooper, an offense that has often stalled last season should be revamped next September.

The Browns are also investing in defense, signing cornerback Denzel Ward to a massive new contract and pursuing both Jadeveon Clowney and Ndamukong Suh on the defensive line to complement All-Pro Myles Garrett.

Beckham is familiar with the Cleveland organization and remains popular and respected in the locker room, Peoples-Jones Instagram activity on Tuesday showed. Talks of a possible reunion with Beckham's former teammate and longtime friend Jarvis Landry recently fell through after he signed with the New Orleans Saints.

But Landry has been open to the possibility of returning to Cleveland, and if so, it's possible Beckham could be, too — especially with all the talent on the list. And positive news from current Browns and former teammates, whether in recruiting or otherwise, certainly won't hurt Beckham's chances of returning to Cleveland.

As a free agent, Beckham's future is uncertain. However, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver has yet to turn 30 and will only be entering his ninth NFL season in 2022. Provided he can recover from the injury and regain his late-season/postseason form, Beckham could still be a player advantage for a competitor next year. He will also have an incentive to perform well as he will be playing for another big contract in the next off-season.



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