CLEVELAND, Ohio – Moments after Odell Beckham Jr. was traded to the Browns last week, he contacted his friend and former teammate Giants Saquon Barkley.
"We discussed Facetime, it had just been traded, so I do not think it was really happy," Barkley told Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media on Tuesday after Penn's Pro Day State. "He just gave me tips on how to handle things in the league. He was for me the big old brother he always was.
Barkley, who has followed Beckham's footsteps as the NFL offensive rookie of the year, will now see Beckham play with another Barkley friend at Baker Mayfield, with whom he recently had a vacation at Turks and Caicos.
"I was sad to see (Beckham) go away," Barkley said. "But, hopefully, he continues to have a great career in Cleveland."
Barkley's description of Beckham's immediate reaction was the same as that of Beckham's friend and NFL Network reporter Kim Jones, who also spoke to him on March 12, almost immediately after the conclusion of the review. agreement to send it to Cleveland in exchange for the general number 17. choice, security Jabrill Peppers and choice number 95 in the third round.
Beckham told Jones, who had contacted him by phone in Paris, that leaving New York was "bitter-sweet" and "for the moment, I do not know what to think." I'm trying to deal with it now . "
He seemed happier when Jones spoke to him again the next day and in quotations provided by the Browns.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to be part of this organization and the direction they will take," Beckham said in a statement from Browns announcing the deal.
Beckham seemed to really let go of the idea when he published two pro – Browns Instagram pictures, one wearing a jersey wearing the No. 13 Brown jersey, and the other a take – off. "Rocky" who showed him and Mayfield in the race. at Browns' facilities.
However, on Tuesday, Beckham went back on processing the transaction when he announced on Instagram that he was darkening for a few days to reassess everything in light of the changes. He then deleted the message.
The Browns, however, are not worried about Beckham.