In the span of four days, the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants have completed two trades with each other. Late last week, they exchanged right guard Kevin Zeitler and edge rusher Olivier Vernon and a draft pick each. Now, they sent even bigger shockwaves throughout the NFL.
The Giants have agreed to trade superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, per Mike Garafolo.
BREAKING: The #Browns have traded for #Giants WR Odell Beckham, sources say. The deal is done. I am not joking.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2019
The compensation of the deal involves the Giants receiving the Browns’ first-round pick along with one of their third round picks and third-year 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
With Beckham now in Cleveland, he reunites with fellow wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who played with him with the LSU Tigers. Both receivers were drafted in 2014 and are both on their same second team.
Beckham obviously puts the Browns in a much better position to compete for the AFC North title and will help quarterback Baker Mayfield progress into his second year. The loss of Peppers will be a burden, as Cleveland’s defense was beginning to utilize his talents better last year, and they also now have just two draft picks in the top 100 of this year’s NFL Draft.
It’s only been a couple days since Antonio Brown was traded out of the division to Oakland, and now Beckham immediately comes in will challenge A.J. Green as the best receiver in the AFC North, and in the state of Ohio for that matter.