Although the dust has since theoretically cleared, many in the football world still cannot believe that the New York Giants actually traded All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. Despite the fact that rumors began to swirl long before this offseason, very few thought that the prolific pass catcher would actually be moved in the end — Beckham Jr. included so it seems.
While recently speaking with ESPN's Pat McManamon and Jordan Raanan, Beckham Jr. indicated that he was surprised to receive a call from Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, a call that notified him that he was being traded to the Browns.
“I picked up the phone and I took the call,” Beckham said, via ESPN. “‘All right.' It was quiet for a minute at dinner. It just was a lot. I don't even know how else to describe it, but it's just a lot, a lot of emotions, a lot of thoughts that run through your mind. Your whole life's changing. It's still the same, in theory, but it's changing, so I just took it to process.”
Coming as absolutely no surprise, Giants co-owner John Mara wasn't tremendously pleased that the team elected to trade away such a talented player while recently admitting that he won't like seeing Beckham Jr. in orange and brown in 2019-20.
“It's not going to be easy. I won't lie to you: It's not going to be easy,” Mara said, via ESPN.” “I mean, he is a great player, and I hope he has a great career with the Browns. It makes it a little easier that he's not in our conference.”
As a result of this now infamous deal, the Browns will now enter the upcoming campaign as the heavy favorites to win the AFC North.