The Cleveland Browns have been the laughing stock of the NFL for decades, but nobody is laughing at the moves they’re making right now.
On Tuesday, it was reported that the New York Giants have agreed to trade superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr to the Browns for multiple draft picks and safety Jabrill Peppers.
Here are the trade terms: Giants recieve a first-round pick in 2019 (No. 17 overall), the Browns' second third-round pick this year and S Jabril Peppers, source tells ESPN. Browns get Odell Beckham Jr.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019
I don’t need to pull up numbers to tell you that while Beckham Jr may be a bit of a headache to deal with, he’s one of the best receivers in the NFL... and he’s spent his career receiving passes from a steadily declining Eli Manning. Trade rumors surrounding Beckham had been swirling for awhile, but this still feels like a shocker. I’m sure Beckham is delighted to be reunited with LSU teammate and fellow WR Jarvis Landry.
Cleveland went from 0-16 in 2017 to 7-8-1 in 2018, and could’ve been a wild card team if they didn’t take half the season to fire the demonstrably incompetent Hue Jackson, or if they had better success at the kicker position in the first two games of last season, or if they’d started Baker Mayfield in Week 1 and not Tyrod Taylor through 2 1⁄2 games.
This isn’t the first trade the Browns have done with the Giants over the past week. They previously sent offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler to New York for pass rushing specialist Olivier Vernon. Also of note in free agency, they’re also adding defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, and you know they’re not even close to done trying to turn a moribund franchise into an actual AFC contender.
Oh yes, and it should be noted that the Seattle Seahawks are at the Cleveland Browns this year. That game suddenly has a primetime feel to it now, doesn’t it?
As for the Giants... someone get me The Price is Right loser horn music.
The #Giants will carry $16 million in dead money on their 2019 salary cap for the deal they did a little over 6 months ago with Odell Beckham Jr., who got a $20M signing bonus. They'll gain $5M in cap space.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 13, 2019
At least they didn’t do something silly like spend a top-five pick on a running back. Oh wait...