3 Browns Players Least Likely to Still Be on the Roster by the End of 2020

David Kaestle
Browns players who may not be with the team by the end of the 2020 season, including Odell Beckham Jr.
Browns players who may not be with the team by the end of the 2020 season, including Odell Beckham Jr. / Bobby Ellis/Getty Images
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The Cleveland Browns had a disappointing 2019 season, to say the least. Coming into the year as the most hyped team in the NFL, with the most bets placed on them of any NFL team to win the Super Bowl, the Browns sputtered to a 6-10 record.

With losing comes changes in the NFL. That in mind, let's take a look at three players who might find themselves on another team by season's end.

1. Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver

Odell Beckham was reportedly unhappy in Cleveland last season.
Odell Beckham was reportedly unhappy in Cleveland last season. / Jason Miller/Getty Images

Odell Beckham had arguably his worst season on the field in Cleveland. He never seemed to build a strong connection with Baker Mayfield. He did still post over 1,000 receiving yards, so clearly it wasn't all bad, but there were multiple reports following the season that Odell wanted out of Cleveland. If the Browns can't find a way to win and/or make Beckham happy in Cleveland, both on and off the field, he might very well find himself traded once again.

2. Olivier Vernon, Defensive End

Olivier Vernon will have to improve his pass rushing to stick around past this season.
Olivier Vernon will have to improve his pass rushing to stick around past this season. / Al Pereira/Getty Images

Olivier Vernon is currently the highest paid player on the Browns roster ($15.5 million in 2020), and he's certainly not playing up to that designation. With only three sacks last season, even when offenses were forced to focus on Myles Garrett on the other side, Vernon will need to step up his game in 2020. If not, he could end up being cut for cap space or shipped off as a potential trade piece mid-season in 2020.

3. David Njoku, Tight End

David Njoku needs a big season in a contract year in 2020.
David Njoku needs a big season in a contract year in 2020. / Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

David Njoku is going into what could be the final year of his rookie contract. After a promising sophomore season, he was hit with the injury bug in 2019. He ended up playing in only four games and didn't impress when he was on the field, hauling in 5 catches for 41 yards and 1 touchdown. With the Browns making Austin Hooper the highest paid tight end in the NFL this offseason, its clear Njoku is on the clock. Even if he does perform well in 2020, it's hard to imagine them keeping two high-priced tight ends on the roster moving forward.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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