A source told cleveland.com that he plans to participate in OTAs, but it's uncertain if he'll show for any of the 10 practices over the next three weeks. Previously, he had deleted all of his Browns-related photos on social media.
"Listen, I have never disputed the fact that it is not important for him to be here, but it is also important for him to be mentally ready to be here", Kitchens said after practice. "It is voluntary. There's nothing I can say. He'll be ready to play and ultimately that's the only thing I want, for him to be ready to play when we start kicking off in September and he will be - I promise you". "I'm not giving him an out by any stretch of imagination, and nobody here knows the conversations that Odell and I have. He knows what's on the line, and he'll be back with us in training camp and I guess we'll see where we go from there".
Odell Beckham Jr. made some waves when he declared he wanted the Browns to be the new Patriots in a rambling Instagram post last week.
The star wide receiver did not practice Wednesday after showing up Tuesday for Cleveland's voluntary offseason program, ending an excused - if not questionable - monthlong absence. "I'm not going to fool you and try to trick you into saying I'm happy-go-lucky fine with it".
"Odell Beckham is going to be here in the fall, and he is going to be a good football player in the fall just like he has been".
"They understand what they have to do once they come here". Odell is going to be ready. As long as everybody is on the same page as that, I'm fine as long as they're ready to play. Duke is going to be ready.