Giants trade star to Browns in Blockbuster deal


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So long, folks: Wide receiver Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants reacts before taking on the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 25, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Beckham was recently traded to the Browns.

Patrick Catillo, Staff Writer

“We didn’t sign him to trade him,” New York Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman stated at this year’s NFL combine. However, on March 11, the Giants traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.

The general reaction to the trade around the league was shock and fans took to different social media platforms to voice their
displeasure. The Giants received the seventeenth and ninety-fifth overall picks along with underwhelming safety Jabrill Peppers in exchange for star receiver Beckham Jr.

More likely than not, this first round pick will not be a Beckham Jr. caliber player, especially considering the Giants draft skills over the past several years. There have been little to no late-round sleepers: players that go under the radar that seemingly every other team can find except the Giants.

The only two superstar caliber players the Giants have drafted are Saquon Barkley and Beckham Jr. They simply have to get this pick correct, and if they don’t the future is even scarier for Giants fans. To make matters worse, while the Giants got weaker, each team in their division (NFC East) got stronger with new acquisitions. The Eagles signed former pro-bowler Malik Jackson, traded for Desean Jackson, and resigned key-player Jason Peters.

The Cowboys franchise tagged Demarcus Lawrence, and resigned Sean Lee. In addition, the Giants lost pro-bowl safety Landon Collins to the Redskins who also resigned rejuvenated running back Adrian Peterson. In terms of free agents, the Giants have resigned their starting and backup centers. In addition, they signed 30-year-old wide receiver Golden Tate to a four-year $37.5 million deal, with $23 million guaranteed. Tate is mainly a slot receiver and the Giants already have their next best receiver, Sterling Shepard, at the slot position so one of them will have to move… not exactly ideal.