By: Caleb J. Duncan
The New York Giants stud wide receiver has been traded to the Cleveland Browns after spending his first 5 seasons in New York.
Odell Beckham Jr. is being sent to Cleveland in exchange for the 17th overall pick in the first round in this year’s draft along with a third-round pick and DB Jabrill Peppers.
OBJ joins an improving Browns team that features the likes of Jarvis Landry, Baker Mayfield, Kareem Hunt, and Nick Chubb. This is not the offense of Cleveland a couple years ago.
Both teams played mediocre ball last season. While Cleveland ended the season with a 7-8-1 record, far better than the previous two seasons, the Giants have had spotty play the past couple of seasons after making it to the playoffs in 2016.
Jabrill Peppers had spent his first two seasons in Cleveland and has made a name for himself as a highly productive defensive back. While New York clearly struggled on defense last season the trade is nonetheless still surprising, even if it was in the back of our minds for weeks.
OBJ has been dominant in 4 seasons (minus 2017 when he missed all but 4 games). He has racked up over 5000 receiving yards, 44 touchdowns and averages almost 93 yards per game. While he has dealt with injuries in most seasons he has proven that when on the field is he practically unstoppable.
This move shows that New York has entered a semi-rebuild. With Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley at running back and the front office seemingly committed to Eli Manning for… well, forever, then the team has shown they are ready to make moves and change things up. With the 17th overall pick and an extra third-round
New York has also been linked to rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins so it’s possible that while Eli Manning remains the starter the team may bite the bullet and work to find his replacement. This is far from a sure thing though.
For the Cleveland
While many who wanted to see Peppers play his career out in Cleveland may be a little bitter by this move New York will be able to build their defense around him as he will easily be a leader on and off the field. He’ll have to be now that the Giants have shipped safety Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon off.
Look to see a much improved Browns offense next season and a Giants teams that is fully committed to letting their offense move through their running game.
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