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Notes: Odell Beckham Jr. writes he’s going “dark” to process changes, then deletes the post on Instagram

Odell Beckham Jr. wants some time for himself before reporting to the Browns.

Beckham, the superstar receiver acquired last week in a trade with the Giants, posted a message on Instagram on Tuesday morning that he was going “dark.”

A few hours later he deleted the post, which read:

“P.S.A. I love you all so much, for the ones that follow and support I thank u all for that. I’m takin an emotional, mental, physical/ blah blah blah vacation . I appreciate the love honestly but at this moment for the next couple of days I’m goin dark. I won’t be around , phone is gone, with all due respect, please don’t text/ call / FaceTime unless it’s of the utmost importance.


“I really need some time to vibe and just get away, process, reevaluate some of the things in my life, as much has changed for me recently. I’m doin amazing thanks for askin!!! Im really just tryin to get everything together and gather all my thoughts so I can take the next steps in my life to be the very very very best me moving forward . God bless u all and again thanks for the love and support, I will see u soon…. Always LUVVVVV.”

The Browns got Beckham and defensive end Olivier Vernon from the Giants in a trade completed Wednesday and finalized when the players passed their physicals over the weekend. Cleveland sent safety Jabrill Peppers, a first-round draft pick (No. 17) and a third-rounder (No. 95) to the Giants.

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Beckham said he had mixed emotions about the deal after spending the first five years of his career with the Giants. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler and has four 1,000-yard seasons.

He also said he was looking forward to joining the Browns.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to be part of this organization and the direction they are headed,” Beckham said last week in the news release announcing the trade. “This is a fresh start for me and it’s going to be great to join Baker (Mayfield) and Jarvis (Landry) on this team.

“The Browns are an organization that is moving forward and it’s exciting to be a part of something special that is in the process of being built. We have a lot of work ahead of us but I really feel like it’s time for the Browns to come together, start winning a lot games and I’m grateful to be a part of that going forward.”

Beckham, who has 12.8 million followers on Instagram, is on vacation in Europe. The Browns begin the offseason program, which is voluntary, on April 1 under new coach Freddie Kitchens.


Cornerback Phillip Gaines re-signed with the Browns on Tuesday, adding depth at the important position.

The Browns claimed the five-year veteran off waivers in Week 10 last year and he played in four games with them. He started six of seven games with the Bills before being cut.

Gaines (6-foot, 193 pounds) was a third-round pick of the Chiefs in 2014 — when Browns general manager John Dorsey was GM in Kansas City — and has 22 starts in 52 career games. He has 132 tackles, an interception, 16 passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

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