New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. plan to get together this offseason to rehab and train. Barkley and Beckham are in similar spots as both prematurey ended their season after suffering a torn ACL this season.
Barkley and Beckham played together in New York before the Giants traded Beckham to the Browns in the 2019 offseason. "Only thing I do know that I have planned for sure, I'm definitely going to link up with [Odell]," Barkley told ESPN.
"Obviously Odell tore his knee a little too. I think we both need just being there. We're really good friends. Competing with each other and pushing each other will also be good too. That's the only thing I know for certain I will do.
Everything else is up in the air."
Barkley and Beckham have a great relationship
Beckham arrived to the league in 2014, while Barkley was taken by the Giants at No. 3 in the 2018 NFL draft. "Every year we always link up with him at some point, somewhere.
Definitely going to find a way to link up," Barkley said. "Obviously I would love to, any of those guys that are going through this injury, whether it's Joe [Burrow], [Devin] Bush, Bud [Dupree], there a couple guys, any guy, I think it would be really dope if we could all link up."
Beckham and Barkley played only one season together but it was enough for them to form a strong bond. "We definitely talk, whether it is on the phone or playing 'Call of Duty.' Obviously probably played a little more of that than I would have liked to this year," Barkley said.
"But it was weird. I'm literally rehabbing. I remember I'm rehabbing. I'm looking up and I'm watching. I see a clip, and I see Odell get hurt. That definitely hurt me. "But obviously we both wouldn't want to go through this, I guess you would say, but I think it's very important that since we are really close and we know each other so well and we are two competitors and we think we can really help each other, I do think it's important to really link up.
But at the same time, we both have to come in with the mindset of getting 1% better each day. That's what we have to get from each other. Any way you can get it."