The Cleveland Browns pulled off one of the biggest trades in franchise history by acquiring All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants on Tuesday evening.
Cleveland sent their first round pick (#17 overall), third round pick (#96 overall) and safety Jabrill Peppers to the New York Giants in exchange for Beckham.
Beckham has been one of the top wide receivers in the NFL since entering the league in 2014 with four 1,000 yard seasons in his first five seasons and 44 receiving touchdowns.
Now he’ll join a Browns offense led by quarterback Baker Mayfield and reuniting with his college teammate Jarvis Landry as well as joining Nick Chubb, David Njoku, Rashard Higgins and Kareem Hunt once he returns from his looming suspension.
General manager John Dorsey has been “big-game hunting” already this offseason by adding Hunt and Sheldon Richardson as free agents and trading for Beckham and Olivier Vernon and the new league year hasn’t even officially started.
He told reporters two weeks ago at the combine that he wasn’t “going for it” but the moves he’s made so far this offseason say otherwise. The Browns currently sit tied for fifth in Super Bowl odds according to Bovada and with still approximately $40 million in cap space and eight 2019 draft picks at his disposal, I won’t be shocked if he makes more moves to put the Browns towards or at the top of the AFC.
Beckham’s five-year, $90 million dollar extension he signed last summer officially kicks in this coming season but he may be getting that restructured once the trade becomes official.
Peppers, the team’s first-round pick in 2017 broke out in 2018 with 77 tackles (5 for a loss), a sack and an interception and was rated as the 19th best safety in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus.
Now he gets to return to his home state of New Jersey and will likely be the strong safety that was left open once Landon Collins left and signed with the Washington Redskins. Hopefully Peppers has a solid NFL career and is an impact player whether it’s with the Giants or wherever he ends up down the road.