When the rumors started to fly around about Odell Beckham Jr., they were easy to ignore. Yes, it helped when the Giants talked about how they didn’t sign him just to trade him. But then how come the trade rumors continued to swirl?
Easy—because where there is smoke, there’s fire.
As it turns out, the rumors existed for a reason. The New York Giants have traded their superstar wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., to the Cleveland Browns In exchange, they will get the Browns first round pick this year (No. 17) along with a third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers.
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When the new league year starts Wednesday afternoon and all the activity that has been going on can become legal, the Browns and Giants will end up combining the two trades they have agreed to into one. A source told ESPN’s Pat McManamon that the official trade would be Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon for Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler, and a first-round pick (No. 17) and a third-round pick (No. 95) in this year’s draft.
The exchange of a fourth and fifth round pick that was reported as part of the Vernon-Zeitler trade will no longer be a part of the transaction.
It is certainly an unusual move from the Giants. Since they appear to be content with Eli Manning at quarterback for the immediate future, the general belief was that they would surround him with the best tools possible. But now, it is hard to say what the Giants are trying to do.
They still could surround Manning with playmakers if they draft properly, but then why get rid of their best player if they aren’t going to embrace a rebuild completely?
As for the Cleveland Browns—wow. They appear to have found their quarterback of the future in Baker Mayfield who now has one of the most dangerous wide receiver tandems in the game. Oh—and his running back is pretty talented, too.
Losing a key member of the defense hurts a little. But rumor has it they may try to fill the void with Earl Thomas.