New York Giants star receiver, Odell Beckham Jr, looks set to be traded to the Cleveland Browns according to multiple sources.
Perhaps, the biggest star in American football at present, Beckham Jr has made a name for himself due to his eccentric hairstyle coupled with a penchant for one-handed catches.
Beckham Jr has spent five seasons with the Giants after being selected 13th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. It was expected that he could reinvigorate a franchise who, despite winning a Superbowl three years earlier had fallen on hard times, consistently failing to make the playoffs.
Now, the star receiver is set to be traded to the Cleveland Browns where he will link up with best friend and fellow receiver Jarvis Landry.
It is thought that the deal will include an exchange for the 17th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft plus a second-round pick and safety Jabril Peppers, according to NFL Network and ESPN.
Trade deals cannot be confirmed until the league’s new season free agency period begins on Wednesday afternoon, however, an NFL Twitter posting showed a drawing of Beckham wearing a Browns uniform saying “It’s happening.”
While the news will come as a huge blow to New York as a whole, for Cleveland it is huge.
Just two seasons ago, the Browns finished 0-16 and were the laughing stock of the NFL. They improved to 8-7-1 last season with rookie quarterback, Baker Mayfield (who threw 27 TD passes, a rookie record), looking like a star of the future. That was their best season in 11 years. The Browns have not made the playoffs since 2002 and haven’t won a playoff game since 1994.
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Cleveland Browns fans will be buoyed by the news of Beckham Jr’s signing. With himself, Landry and Mayfield set to link up it gives fans real hope that finally, their fortunes can turn and they can become a real threat in the league.
It’s a new low for the New York Giants who have struggled in recent seasons. With Eli Manning on the wane and no standout stars on their roster, it’s hard to see how they bounce back from this.