Well, holy smokes! Mike Garafolo is reporting that the New York Giants are trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. As he says, this is not a joke.
BREAKING: The #Browns have traded for #Giants WR Odell Beckham, sources say. The deal is done. I am not joking.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2019
Per Adam Schefter, the Giants are getting a big haul from the Browns. The are getting Cleveland’s 2019 first-round pick (17th overall), the Browns second third-round pick in this draft (96th overall, per Tankathon) and safety Jabril Peppers, who was a first-round pick by Cleveland in 2017.
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post confirms the deal:
Confirmed: Giants have traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns for a first round pick (No. 17 overall), third-round pick and safety Jabril Peppers. Odell is gone.— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) March 13, 2019
In case anyone cares, this makes Mike Francesa wrong.
Mike Francesa assures us that the Giants can't get rid of Odell Beckham with that contract. This was three hours ago. pic.twitter.com/Ut8SozRDxS— Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) March 13, 2019
This is the kind of player the Giants just sent to the Browns.
OBJ in Top 5 in each major receiving category since entering NFL in 2014:— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) March 13, 2019
Targets/game: 10.5, 3rd
Catches/game: 6.6, 4th
Receiving YPG: 92.8, 3rd
Receiving TDs: 44, 3rd
OBJ is only player in Super Bowl era with 2 seasons of 1,000+ receiving yards in 12 or fewer games. #NYG #CLE
Feel free to comment when you pick your jaws up off the floor, Giants fans.
Some quick Twitter reactions
All I have is WOW! Can't say I saw that coming #13 to the Browns. Remember it's a business. Fans gotta be going crazy! #nyg— Ottis OJ Anderson (@OJAnderson24) March 13, 2019
How the Giants can deal Odell Beckham Jr. in an obvious tear-down move and still commit to Eli Manning in 2019 is crazy.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) March 13, 2019
I mean I thought Odell wouldn’t finish his new contract here but I didn’t think they’d move on from him this soon.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) March 13, 2019
Of course Gettleman said again at the combine he didn’t sign Odell to trade him. And last year he said you don’t give up on talent. So of course he traded him. The Giants are now officially the Miami Marlins. #TankingForTua— Gary Myers (@GaryMyersNY) March 13, 2019
Can I use this gif for my reaction when I found out @obj was traded!?!? Lol https://t.co/OSgJpGRp1k— Brandon London (@BrandonLondonTV) March 13, 2019
Dave Gettleman was fired by the Panthers after allowing the team’s most talented stars to get away.— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 13, 2019
Seems like he's doing that with the Giants now too, especially after the Odell Beckham tradehttps://t.co/W13ahdounU
The Browns’ perspective:
Well, the Browns seem pretty happy at the moment.
Movement. https://t.co/uFDcRq7OI0— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) March 13, 2019
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Jesus Christ— Chief David Njoku (@David_Njoku80) March 13, 2019
TIME TO GO 10X HARDER!!!!!— Chief David Njoku (@David_Njoku80) March 13, 2019
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Can y’all say GO BROWNS!!— Genard Avery (@AveryGenard) March 13, 2019
From our breaking news coverage: #Browns GM John Dorsey has long sought a No. 1 WR. I think he found one. pic.twitter.com/A5LgdFYEf1— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2019
John Dorsey is officially a genius...— Damarious Randall (@RandallTime) March 13, 2019
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The Giants take a $16 million dead money hit to their salary cap in 2019. That leaves them with $33.656 million in dead money. So, it looks ugly for 2019. It’s not all bad, though. Patricia Traina explained for Forbes:
Beckham was due a $16.75 million base salary and a $250K workout bonus for a total of $17 million cash due this year. He will count for $16 million in dead money, so if we deduct the dead money from the 2019 cash projection, that’s a $1 million net savings.
Peppers, who is still on his rookie deal, has a $1,405,204 cap hit for the Giants. (The remainder of his prorated signing bonus won’t hit the Giants cap).
So when it’s all said and done, it doesn’t look like a massive savings for 2019; however, an early projection per Over the Cap has the Giants with $103,875,639 of available cap space for 2020—more than enough to cover the cost of the franchise tag and transition tag (teams will be allowed to use both in the final league year of the CBA, which is 2020).
One final note about the salary cap. The absorption of the $16 million in dead money from the Beckham trade and the $8 million from the Vernon trade (in addition to what was on the books before) now pushes the Giants dead money to a league-high $33,656,400.
Beckham doesn’t apparently know what to think.
Just talked to Odell Beckham Jr, who said he had a “brief” convo w/Dave Gettleman. “At this point I have no idea what to think. I’m trying to process it right now.” Said leaving #NYG is “bittersweet, but it is what it is. It’s life.”— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) March 13, 2019
Odell, though, apparently does know enough to ask the Browns for more money.
Odell Beckham Jr saw Antonio Brown receive added money without adding New Years upon being traded to the #Raiders. My understanding is Odell wants the same thing from the #Browns.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2019