Odell Beckham Jr. is finally leaving the New York Giants. Quarterback Baker Mayfield is finally getting his game-breaking wide receiver.
According to multiple reports, the Giants on Tuesday night traded Beckham to the Cleveland Browns, getting in return the No. 17 overall pick in the 2019 draft, a 2019 third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers. The Giants now have pick Nos. 6 and 17 in the first round.
The trade ends months of speculation that Beckham was on his way out of New York. After signing Beckham to a five-year, $95 million contract last season, the Giants saw their season spiral downward, as did Beckham’s desire to be with the franchise.
He criticized quarterback Eli Manning in an October interview, and ultimately missed the last four games with a quad injury, with the Giants sporting a 4-8 record at the time.
Nonetheless, Beckham, 26, finished with 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns last season. In 59 career games over five seasons, Beckham has 390 catches for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons, but injuries have cost him 16 games the last two seasons.
Costly move for Giants
According to multiple reports, the Giants will eat $16 million in dead money on their salary cap. This is the second time in four days a team agreed to eat a staggering amount of cap space to trade away an elite receiver. The Pittsburgh Steelers will eat more than $21 million in dead cap space after trading Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders on Saturday.
The deal reunites Beckham with former LSU teammate and fellow wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The pair, who continue to work out together in the offseason, will give second-year quarterback Mayfield a potent one-two punch at receiver to go along with a now-loaded backfield with Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt and Duke Johnson. The team also has one of the NFL’s top young tight ends in David Njoku.
The move also marks the second straight active offseason for Cleveland. The Browns have also added Landry, outside linebacker Olivier Vernon, safety Damarious Randall and quarterback Tyrod Taylor via trades since March 2018.
With Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in 2018, leading the way, the Browns went 7-9 last season, matching the franchise’s best record since 2007. Considered a 2019 sleeper at the end of last season, Cleveland will now be viewed by many as a legitimate contender to make a run through the AFC playoffs.
–Field Level Media