Cleveland Browns have been a laughingstock of NFL for years, but it seems that will end in 2019. Browns managed to pull off the biggest trade of the offseason having acquired Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from New York Giants.
According to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, Giants will receive Cleveland’s first-round pick in 2019 (No. 17 overall) alongside their second third-round pick in 2019 (95th overall) and talented safety Jabrill Peppers.
After the Giants signed Odell Beckham Jr. to a five-year, $98.5 million deal in 2018, making him the highest paid receiver in the league, it seemed like the 26-year-old will remain in New York for years to come. But after the Giants had a disastrous last season and Beckham got involved in few incidents, the breakup between two sides wasn’t off the table.
Giants reportedly didn’t shop Beckham but have decided to listen to offers, and the one that came from Cleveland was enough to convince them it is time to move on from their wide receiver.
Browns, on the other hand, have already a Pro Bowl WR on their roster in Jarvis Landry but were actively looking for another option in the recent weeks. With Odell Beckham Jr., who already played with Landry at LSU, they formed a best wide receivers duo in the league which could propel them to their first playoff appearance since 2002.
Following a troublesome and injury-riddled season in 2017, Beckham had a strong run in 2018 recording 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns. His NFL career stats include 390 caught passes for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns.