Cleveland Browns: Why did the Giants trade Odell Beckham? – Terry Pluto
ABOUT THE TRADE
Why did the Giants do it?
That’s what I was wondering after New York shipped receiver Odell Beckham and pass rusher Olivier Vernon to the Browns for guard Kevin Zeitler, safety Jabrill Peppers and 2019 draft picks in the first and third rounds.
I guess you can consider Peppers a first-rounder. He was the 25th pick in the 2017 draft by the Browns.
And they added the No. 17 pick in this draft to the package.
That’s the best the Giants could do for a Pro Bowl caliber receiver and their best pass-rusher?
Kevin Zeitler was a top target for the Giants in their trade talks with the Browns.
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ABOUT VERNON ZEITLER
The Browns valued an expensive pass-rusher over an expensive guard. The Giants prized Zeitler and were desperate to acquire help to protect QB Eli Manning.
Vernon also missed nine games in the last two years with ankle injuries.
The Browns liked Zeitler, but thought his contract (from the Sashi Brown front office) was too rich. The John Dorsey front office also drafted Austin Corbett in 2018.
He was destined to replace Zeitler at guard.
So we have two GMs who also happen to be friends dealing players who were signed by prior regimes. One valued a guard, one valued the pass rusher.
It makes sense on several levels.
ABOUT ODELL BECKHAM
Gettleman spent part of his press conference explaining how he “wasn’t shopping” Beckham. He said the only call he made to another team about Beckham was to Buffalo not long after the Bills’ failed bid to deal for Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown became public.
2. For months, Beckham was rumored to be available.
Gettleman didn’t have to “shop” him. The media did that job for the Giants.
Gettleman was hired by the Giants on Dec. 28, 2017.
That was the largest contract ever given a receiver.
So Gettleman signed Beckham near the end of training camp, but he was never New York’s GM during a regular season with the talented but emotional receiver. My sense is Gettleman began to wonder if Beckham was worth the organizational fatigue that comes with the receiver’s huge profile and mood swings.
5. On March 13, 2019, Beckham was traded to the Browns.
17 and No. 95.