Odell Beckham Jr. says joining Browns is ‘biggest blessing of my entire life’
Odell Beckham Jr. arrived in Cleveland for the first time on Monday, joining the Browns for their voluntary offseason workouts.
The Browns acquired Beckham in a trade with the New York Giants earlier this month, sending a first-round draft pick, a third-rounder and young safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants in exchange for the star wide receiver.
Speaking with the media for the first time since being dealt to Cleveland on Monday afternoon, Beckham was thrilled:
“This is the biggest blessing of my entire life,” said Beckham, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The 26-year-old is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he hauled in 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns. However, he missed the final four games of the season due to a quad injury.
Beckham, who played his collegiate football at LSU, was originally selected by New York in the first round (12th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
He made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons in the league, immediately stamping his name among the best wide outs in football.
The Giants then awarded Beckham with a massive six-year, $95 million contract extension last August, but one year into his deal, New York decided it was best to move Beckham, largely due to the wide out’s frequent outbursts and off-the-field issues during his time in the Big Apple.
Cleveland went 7-8-1 this past season, marking the franchise’s best finish since winning 10 games all the way back in 2007.
The Browns have not made the playoffs since the 2002-03 campaign, representing the longest active postseason drought in the NFL.