Cleveland Browns, Odell Beckham Jr. negotiating terms of release

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Sources confirmed to ESPN that the Cleveland Browns are working with Odell Beckham Jr.'s representatives to reach an agreement regarding terms for their wide receiver release.

Sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Browns are considering converting Beckham’s base salary into a signing incentive to lower his cap number.

Sources confirmed that Beckham will be released once the contract has been finalized, which is expected to happen anytime in the next few days.

Yahoo Sports reported that Beckham was being released by the sides at first.

Sources say Beckham was exempted from practice Thursday for the second consecutive day as both sides attempted to reach a solution.

Beckham was not allowed to attend Wednesday's practice after his father posted an Instagram video highlighting instances when Baker Mayfield didn't throw the ball or missed Beckham when he was open.

Multiple sources claim that Browns coach Kevin Stefanski spoke to the team prior to Wednesday's practice. He informed them that Beckham would not be playing for the Browns as they prepare for Sunday's game against Cincinnati Bengals.

Mayfield and Stefanski both stated Wednesday that Beckham had not contacted them since his father's Instagram posts became viral.

Beckham turns 29 this Friday. He is still under contract for two additional seasons, but has no guaranteed income. Since Tuesday was the NFL's trade deadline, Cleveland can't trade Beckham before the 2022 season. A $1 million roster bonus is due to the three-time Pro Bowler on the first day each of those seasons.

If they traded or released him in the offseason, the Browns would be able to save $15 million on their salary cap.

This report was contributed by Jake Trotter, ESPN.