The New York Giants have agreed to trade Odell Beckham to Cleveland in exchange for a first-round pick (No. 17 overall) the second of the Browns’ third-round picks (No. 95) and safety Jabrill Peppers, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday, via a source informed of the situation.
Odell, who is no doubt one of the leagues most talented and exciting players to watch became a face not only in New York, but in all in the NFL. The numbers on the field with stats but with merchandise sales as well.
Beckham has played in 59 games in his NFL career with career stats on par with some of the greatest receivers to ever suit up. He has 5,476 receiving yards and 44 TDs compared to Jerry Rice (4,852 yards, 49 TDs), Larry Fitzgerald (4,373 yards, 32 TDs), Calvin Johnson (4,139 yards, 33 TDs) and Antonio Brown (4,072 yards, 20 TDs).
But Beckham’s tenure with the Giants grew troubled soon after the contract was finalized, as he appeared to express displeasure with the spiraling, downward direction of the team in a television interview. Rumors began to circulate that the Giants, who have had only one winning season since 2012, were willing to listen to trade offers for Beckham.
New York never denied the idea that they would listen to offers for Beckham. But there was an insistence that they would need to be blown away, and that, is debatable at this moment of time.
The Giants repeatedly denied Beckham was being shopped to other teams. Late last year and again in recent weeks, the Giants general manager Dave Gettleman insisted that the Giants “Didn’t sign Odell to trade him.”
But Tuesday night the trade with Cleveland was finalized. The Giants will get draft picks which become so valuable and Jabrill Peppers. Peppers, a native of New Jersey and the Browns’ first round choice in 2017, has one interception in 29 games for Cleveland, with 96 solo tackles.
In a span of a week, the Giants have parted ways with to two of its most beloved players –Collins and now Beckham.
Beckham told the NFL Network on Tuesday night that he had a brief conversation with Gettleman upon learning of the trade.
“At this point I have no idea what to think. I’m trying to process it right now,” Beckham told the NFL Network, adding that leaving the Giants was “bittersweet, but it is what it is. It’s life.”
Life will move on for both the Giants and Odell Beckham without each other as the two sides will not see the other on the field for quite some time. When Beckham has the opportunity to see his former team, he may not see many familiar faces.
Now all eyes will be on Eli Manning next week as the Giants have to make a decision on the 38-year old QB. His Roster bonus will kick in on March 17th and is due $23 million next season.
Manning and Beckham never seemed to be on the same page as Odell would some time publicly call Manning out through the media on his decision making. To be fair, he also called out his Head coaches as well.
After three coaching changes within the franchise since 2015 , John Marra had enough of the antics of Number 13. With that in mind, Tuesday night was the end of the Beckham era in New York.
What antics you ask?
-The incident on the field with Josh Norman. He and Norman basically were fighting on the field
-The boat ride in 2016. During the week of the teams first playoff appearance in four seasons. Beckham and the rest of the wide receiving team took a boat ride down to Miami which according to sources was his idea.
-A video surfaced during last off season with and a young lady with a white powdery substance seen. The Giants stated they would do an investigation on the matter.
-Constant distraction while questioning the coaching and his role in the offense.
This was never a marriage made in bliss as yo seem to excuse his behavior because of his talent. Why wouldn’t you because of what Beckham bought to the table.
His teammates loved him and so did the people who were close with him as nobody ever doubted his passion. His play just did not translate to wins which may or not be the fault of Odell Beckham Jr.
New York was 31-49 since Odell has been wearing blue but its not fair to put that whole number of losses on him. Now he will be the focus of Baker Mayfield and the rest of the Browns offense.
While the Giants now look to pick up the pieces and do something which is not popular to do in NY, Rebuild.
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