NFL fans are shook that superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been traded by the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns. Even former league stars thought it was ‘fake news’ when the word hit Twitter.
In the biggest NFL offseason move, the New York Giants have sent their star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in a trade confirmed on March 12. Some fans thought it was “fake news” until the NFL confirmed the move in a tweet. The 26-year-old wide receiver had just signed a $95 million contact extension with the Giants in August of 2018 so this is a move that has blindsided the team’s fans. Yet it has absolutely thrilled everyone in Cleveland, including quarterback Baker Mayfield who gets a powerful new target.
ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter first reported the trade, which was later confirmed by the league in a tweet reading “It’s happening” and showing OBJ in a drawing wearing the team’s brown and orange colors. Adam reported the bombshell trade and how the elements played out in a tweet that read: “Browns get Odell Beckham Jr. and Giants get a first-round pick, third-round pick and safety Jabril Peppers, source tells ESPN. There’s the trade.”
No one is happier about the news than Baker, 23, who will have one of the best receivers in the league as one of his passing targets. As soon as the trade news broke, he took to his Instagram account and showed a pic of himself with his arm around Odell in the off season with nothing but a big smiley face emoji as the caption. The Browns also just acquired 23-year-old Pro Bowl running back Kareem Hunt from the Chiefs in February, adding to a powerful offense. As if having OBJ as a Browns WR wasn’t enough, they have still have four time Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry, 26, on the squad, giving Cleveland one of the youngest and strongest offenses in the league. Jarvis let it be known how thrilled he was in an Instagram pic facetiming with OBJ and captioned it, “It feel good!! @obj I love you brudda” now that they’re teammates.
Even former NFL journneyman cornerback Darrelle Revis was stunned by the news:
— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) March 13, 2019
Players throughout the league were shook by OBJ’s big move. Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey tweeted “I can’t even say what I wanna say… just wow! This a crazy business,” upon news of the trade. LA Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward tweeted, “Wait they signed Kareem Hunt too! AFC going to be a lot different. You better pack your Defense in the AFC this year!” Saints WR Dez Bryant wrote “The whole New York Giants fan base just switched to Cleveland…. Smh.” Yep, Cleveland is going to be the team to watch in the 2019-20 season.