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Browns linebacker Olivier Vernon sticks up for Odell Beckham Jr.

Olivier Vernon, Odell Beckham Jr.

The Cleveland Browns have had a monstrous offseason, headlining their haul by trading for New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. That wasn’t the only trade the Browns made with the Giants, however. They also acquired linebacker Olivier Vernon to improve their defenses, and Vernon, who spent three seasons with Beckham in New York, doesn’t understand why the 26-year-old takes so much flak:

“He gets a bad rap,” said Vernon, according to Keith Britton of 923 The Fan. “I don’t know where the hell they got that from. If you never met the guy, don’t know the guy, just keep your mouth shut. I played with the guy three years, now going on my fourth year, he’s a great teammate, great person.”

Beckham is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he missed the final four games of the season due to a quad injury, but when he was on the field, he hauled in 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns.

The Giants signed Beckham to a six-year contract extension last summer, but they were obviously unhappy with his antics and some of his comments made through the media, eventually opting to trade the star in March.

Cleveland send a first-round draft pick, a third-rounder, and young safety Jabrill Peppers to the Big Apple in exchange for Beckham’s services.

Beckham, who played his collegiate football at LSU, was originally selected by the Giants with the 12th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. He then went on to make Pro Bowl appearances in each of his first three seasons.