ESPN: Browns acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. from Giants

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The New York Giants have agreed to trade star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns, a source confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Giants will receive the Browns' first-round pick in 2019 (No. 17 overall), their second third-round pick this year (95th overall) and safety Jabrill Peppers for Beckham, the source said.

Beckham, 26, signed a five-year megadeal with the Giants worth up to $98.5 million less than a year ago. It made him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL at the time and seemed to cement his place on the Giants roster.

But after another disastrous season where the Giants flopped at 5-11 and Beckham had several incidents that angered the team's brass, they decided to move him after paying out $21.5 million for 12 games. The deal also adds another $16 million in dead money to their running total.

The Giants weren't shopping Beckham this offseason. But they were willing to listen to offers, and there were teams that were interested in his services. They included the Browns and San Francisco 49ers, according to sources.

General manager Dave Gettleman said at his end-of-year news conference and again at the NFL scouting combine last month: "We didn't sign Odell to trade him. OK?"

That changed Tuesday, though.

Cleveland, meanwhile, makes another big move as it looks to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Beckham will join Jarvis Landry, his former college teammate at LSU, as arguably the top 1-2 receiving tandem in the league, which no doubt will delight second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield. Each receiver recorded 288 receptions in his first three NFL seasons. Only Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints recorded more (321).

Current Browns receivers coach Adam Henry also coach Beckham and Landry at LSU.

Cleveland has been busy this offseason. It signed troubled running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year deal and also brought in linebacker Olivier Vernon and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

News of the Beckham deal, which was first reported by NFL Network, had an immediate impact in Las Vegas. The Browns' odds to win the Super Bowl went from 25-1 to 14-1 at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Their odds to win the AFC went from 12-1 to 7-1, behind only Chiefs and New England Patriots (3-1).

Cleveland went 7-8-1 last season after not winning a game in 2017.

Meanwhile, the Giants' Super Bowl odds went from 40-1 to 80-1 and their NFC title odds from 20-1 to 40-1, per Westgate.

Information from ESPN's Jordan Raanan was used in this report.

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