When Odell Beckham Jr. was traded from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns, there was immediate backlash from the fans and media. Today, we take a look at how that trade looks following the Week 11 bye.
March 12th, 2019. A day that will live in infamy in New York Giants history. More than just a big day in Giants history, this trade sent shockwaves through the entire NFL. The Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for safety Jabrill Peppers, the Browns first-round pick, and the Patriots third-round pick; picks that would turn into DT Dexter Lawrence and EDGE Oshane Ximines. A trade that I might add made me immediately go to the gym and sulk for the rest of the night.
Following this move, the talk began immediately that the Browns were Super Bowl contenders. With Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, and eventually Kareem Hunt on offense, there was no way the Browns could fail (right?).
The Giants on the other hand, were viewed as a team that was just giving up on the season. After trading away one of the most talented players in the NFL and the clear-cut best player on your team, there was no way the Giants could rebound in the eyes of the public.
Today, I’ll be taking a look back at the infamous Odell Beckham Jr. trade and evaluating which team could call themselves the winner of the trade to this point. I’ll be looking at individual production as the main factor in determining a victor, but contracts and team success will also go into account.