Odell Beckham Jr traded to Cleveland Browns

Odell Beckham Jr traded to Cleveland Browns

The New York Giants' decision to trade star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Tuesday lends credence to the idea that we shouldn't pay attention to lip service team executives offer the public. As part of the deal, the Giants will receive the 17th pick in the 2019 draft, giving them two in the first round.

The trade, which gives Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield a true deep threat, comes just seven months after the Giants signed Beckham to a five-year, $95 million contract extension with $65 million in guaranteed money - the richest deal ever for an National Football League wide receiver.

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It seems as if general manager Dave Gettleman has taken a more reserved approach this spring, as they've already traded for top guard Kevin Zeitler and re-signed several important players.

Last NFL season was a hard one for the Giants, who finished bottom of the NFC East Division on a 5-11 record.

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One more interesting connection: Landry and Beckham's position coach at LSU - Adam Henry - is the Browns' wide receivers coach. The Giants also received safety Jabrill Peppers in the deal. That was after coming to an agreement on a four-year deal worth up to $54 million with Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker and impending free agent Kwon Alexander. And if they are able to win the AFC Championship, it will be the first time the franchise has made the Super Bowl in its history.

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For the Eagles, the trade is a welcome relief, as Beckham Jr. has exhausted the division since being drafted in 2014.

Whichever side of the debate you fall on, however, one thing is clear for fans - it could be worse.

Beckham has started 56 of the 59 regular-season games in which he has appeared, racking up 390 catches for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns in the five seasons since the Giants drafted him 12th overall in 2014.

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