- The New York Giants traded Odell Beckham to the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.
- The Browns sent the Giants a first- and third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers.
The New York Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday in the most surprising deal of the NFL offseason.
The Browns acquired Beckham in exchange for a first- and third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers, according to reports.
All offseason there continued to be rumors that Beckham was available, despite the Giants saying they intended to hang onto the star receiver.
The Giants signed Beckham to a five-year, $90 million contract with $65 million guaranteed last offseason. He produced 77 catches for 1,052 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2018.
It’s the second trade of the offseason between the Giants and the Browns. On Friday, the Giants traded defensive end Olivier Vernon to the Browns in exchange for guard Kevin Zeitler.
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For the Browns, the trade is the latest sign the team is going all-in. The Browns boast a young, talented core on both sides of the ball that includes quarterback Baker Mayfield, rookie running back Nick Chubb, defensive end Myles Garrett, and cornerback Denzel Ward.
In trading for Beckham, the Browns add a major threat to their offense and partner Beckham with his high school and college teammate Jarvis Landry. Landry posted 81 catches for 976 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2018.
The Browns also made a big move in free agency, signing defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to add another pass-rusher.
The Giants, meanwhile, may be headed for a rebuild. The team verbally committed to Eli Manning in 2019, but seems to be shedding salary in the meantime. The Giants let All-Pro safety Landon Collins walk in free agency; Peppers would seem to be his replacement.
Despite becoming one of the top receivers in the NFL and producing numerous highlights, things between the Giants and Beckham seemed strained in recent years, even with the big contract. Previous Giants head coach Ben McAdoo had publicly called out Beckham for his sideline theatrics in 2017.
In 2018, amid another disappointing season, Beckham seemed to question the team’s offense and the play of Manning. The Giants later fined him for the comments.
Beckham now gets a fresh start with the Browns, who look like a contender to win the AFC North.