Odell Beckham Jr. calls trade to Browns ‘bittersweet’
The biggest trade in quite some time is now official. Odell Beckham Jr. has been traded from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns for first and third-round picks, along with safety Jabril Peppers.
There had been rumors Beckham was available in trade talks, but the move was still shocking. Nobody seemed to really believe that the Browns might actually be able to pull it off, but they did.
Reactions began pouring in from players around the league, and Kim Jones of NFL Network was able to get ahold of Beckham himself. Beckham told her he had a “brief” conversation with Giants GM Dave Gettleman, but not much else.
“‘At this point I have no idea what to think. I’m trying to process it right now.’ Said leaving [the Giants] is ‘bittersweet, but it is what it is. It’s life.'”
Beckham had seemingly indicated that he had wanted out of New York, but he clearly was caught off guard. Beckham has spent his entire NFL career with the Giants, and New York is the town that turned him into a superstar, so it’s not surprising that it’s emotional. Beckham is apparently traveling overseas right now, and wasn’t consulted before the move was made.
One thing that will help ease the transition for Beckham is that he’ll be joining fellow-LSU alumni Jarvis Landry in Cleveland. Landry and Beckham are very close friends, and the duo recently worked out alongside Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Even though his tenure didn’t end ceremoniously, Beckham will still go down as one of the most talented players in New York Giants history. Trading Beckham leaves the franchise at a crossroads, and it’ll be very interesting to see how they move forward.