Just before 8 p.m., news broke that the Giants had traded away their star receiver in Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns — a blockbuster deal that sent shockwaves through the NFL.
It is hard to wrap ones head around this deal considering Gettleman has repeatedly stated “We didn’t sign Odell to trade him.” But the Giants were always listening, and they found a trade package that they were comfortable agreeing upon. In turn, SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano — like the other reporters on the Giants beat — started to do some digging on the ramifications of the deal and to see what else they could find.
Here’s what we know about how this all went down, according to Vacchiano…
What the Giants got in return
In exchange for the Pro Bowler, the Giants got draft capital in the Browns’ 2019 first-round pick (No. 17) and the second of their third-round picks (No. 95). They also acquired S Jabrill Peppers, who will fill the vacancy left by Landon Collins.
GM Dave Gettleman called Beckham personally
After agreeing to the trade, Gettleman made it a point to call Beckham himself to let him know that he was headed to Cleveland. Considering Beckham’s status on the team, this should be expected from Gettleman.
Beckham couldn’t believe it in the moment
A source that is close to No. 13 said that he was “a little surprised” to hear that the deal went down. He will be joining one of his best friends and former LSU roommate and teammate WR Jarvis Landry to add to the Browns’ upgraded offense. Cleveland also added controversial RB Kareem Hunt to go along with TE David Njoku, RB Nick Chubb, and of course, QB Baker Mayfield.
The Giants were always high on Peppers
Peppers was on the Giants’ radar in the 2017 NFL Draft, as they thought about creating a scary duo with him and Collins as the last line of defense. However, they decided to upgrade at tight end and take Evan Engram with their No. 23 overall selection.
In turn, the Browns would choose Peppers two picks later. The New Jersey native returns home, but he hasn’t necessarily proved to be the first-rounder he was selected to be. He had 57 combined tackles with one interception in his rookie season, and followed that up with 79 combined tackles, one sack, one interception, and five passes defended in 2018.
Still, the Giants believe Peppers can make up for the loss of Collins, who was the Giants leading tackler since he was a second-round draftee back in 2015.