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Former Browns teammates say goodbye to Jabrill Peppers

Jabrill Peppers, Browns

Odell Beckham, Jr. wasn’t the only impact player involved in last week’s blockbuster trade between the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants. Jabrill Peppers may not be a player quite on the level of Beckham, but the Giants’ new safety seemed to leave quite an impression on his teammates during his time with the Browns nonetheless.

Kicker Greg Joseph, outside linebacker Christian Kirskey, star tight end David Njoku, and inside linebacker Joe Schobert each went out of their way to wish Peppers well, and express praise for their former teammate, after the deal was announced on Tuesday.

Browns general manager John Dorsey wasn’t quite so effusive while discussing the trade on Wednesday.

“It’s always tough to let go of quality individuals who are quality players but the organization looked at this and said for the greater good of this organization and this franchise moving forward, we have to acquire these types of players,” he said, per the Browns’ website. “We decided in the best interest of this organization we would make the trades here.”

Peppers was drafted with the 25th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Many considered using a first-round pick on the Michigan product foolish given his supposed lack of a position at the next level, but he’s proven worth that capital during his first two years in the league.

Peppers had 79 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, four quarterback hits, five passes defended, and three fumble recoveries last season, also serving as Cleveland’s most utilized kick and punt returner