When the New York Giants handed Odell Beckham Jr. a five-year, $95M contract extension last August, I doubt they expected to find themselves trading him – at all, let alone to the freakin’ Browns – in March, but …
Here we are:
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2019
When someone has to say “I am not joking,” well, you know it’s something. So what did it cost to get OBJ out of New York? Actually, quite a bit:
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
That’s a first-round pick (No. 17 overall), a third round pick, and a safety still on his rookie deal for an expensive player – a talented player, no doubt, but an expensive one. I’m sure he’ll have fun with Baker Mayfield (also, good on the Browns for surrounding him with a high-quality option).
We’ll get into the implications of this deal more later on, but note that the Bears are scheduled to play the Giants at home this season – a Giants team with one fewer weapon to stand in the way of a win. That’s not nothing.