Giants deal OBJ to Browns
After a crazy first start to the NFL free agency season things only got hotter on day 2. In a blockbuster trade, we saw the Browns do whatever they had to do to acquire Odell Beckham Jr.
Less than a year after signing a one of the richest contracts in NFL history, Odell Beckham was traded. It wasn’t long ago when we were hearing talks about Odell wanting to be the highest paid receiver in the league, and his wish was granted.
His role with the New York Giants looked like it was going to work after agreeing to $98 million over the next five years. “We didn’t sign Odell to trade him. OK?” That was Gettleman’s statement after publicly stating that he and the Giants were interested in a deal.
Other teams that were in the market for Odell were the San Francisco 49ers. Leading up to the blockbuster announcement, the Browns were able to put together a deal that the Giants simply couldn’t turn away.
The Giants will receive the Browns first-round draft pick in 2019 (17th overall), their second third-round pick this year (95th overall) along with safety Jabrill Peppers.
Odell didn’t was just as shocked as we were. “Wow,” was what Beckham had told ESPN’s Josina Anderson when finding out about the trade.
Many Giants fans may be kicking themselves and cursing out the front office after learning that their GM had traded a fan favorite. However, after another disastrous season with a record of 5-11, the Giants knew it was best if they parted ways with their star receiver.
Anger issues on and off the field was a huge influence in this trade. Odell rubbed a lot of people the wrong way with the Giants staff.
Now looking ahead to the 2019 season, the Browns look like they should perform like a top five team in the AFC, at least on paper they do. The Browns have been very active this offseason with notable additions like Kareem Hunt, Oliver Vernon and Sheldon Richardson.
It won’t only be Browns fans who are already welcoming Odell with open arms, quarterback Baker Mayfield tweeted out a picture of him shaking Odell’s hand with the caption “Movement”.
Jarvis Landry was thrilled to finally be able to play with his teammate from their college days in the pros. Speaking of college days, current Browns receivers coach Adam Henry coached both Odell and Landry at LSU.
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