Beckham Jr. traded to Browns for 2 picks, Jabrill Peppers

Rex Christensen
March 13, 2019

Wide receiver Odell Beckham is on his way from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns.

After saying he wanted to be the highest-paid player in the National Football League, the Giants last August cast their concerns about his erratic behavior aside and made him the richest wide receiver at the time, signing him to a five-year contract worth $90 million plus incentives. Cleveland took a step forward this past season finding their quarterback of the future in Mayfield and now have found their go-to receiver alongside Jarvis Landry. Since finishing the 2018 campaign at 7-8-1, Cleveland has signed former rushing-title victor Kareem Hunt, agreed to trade guard Kevin Zeitler to the Giants for pass-rusher Olivier Vernon, and reportedly agreed to terms with defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson on Tuesday during the free-agent negotiating period.

The Beckham trade is the second deal to involve a star wide receiver in four days.

Though multiple reports state that the deal is done, it can not become official until Wednesday when the new league year begins.

Beckham trade rumors were all the rage to start the offseason, with the New England Patriots being identified as a potential landing spot for the three-time Pro Bowl selection.

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Beckham's tenure in NY was by turns productive and turbulent.

In 12 games in 2018, Beckham had 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns.

Though his talent is obvious, Beckham has had his share of troubling incidents during his tenure with the Giants.

Beckham not being part of that deal felt like it was a shore up of Dave Gettleman's comments about the Giants not being willing to trade Beckham. The Giants lost the game 38-13 and Beckham was held to four catches for just 28 yards.

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