“You were right about me, Tom. I am a crazy man. So come on, take advantage of it. What are you waiting for?” – Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver Jr. Browns GM in Draft Day.
When Kevin Costner uttered those words as he portrayed the Browns GM in the 2014 football movie Draft Day, who knew that one day a man named John Dorsey would step in and put the “crazy” in crazy man. A little while ago it was reported by numerous sports outlets that the New York football Giants had traded away star WR Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns for a 2019 first round pick (17th overall), 2019 third round pick, and safety Peppers.
Here are the trade terms: Giants recieve a first-round pick in 2019 (No. 17 overall), the Browns' second third-round pick this year and S Jabril Peppers, source tells ESPN. Browns get Odell Beckham Jr.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019
Like many of you, I am left wondering how we have gotten to this point. We all knew that Odell and the Giants were like a disgruntled married couple that had been together for far longer than they should have been. Yet, after Beckham’s contract extension last year, it seemed as though both parties were looking to the future and trying to forget the past (shirtless boat pic selfies and all). When the Giants used their 2nd round pick in 2018 to draft the star running back Saquon Barkley instead of a QB, more questions started to arise. With the poor play of Eli Manning in 2018, we witnessed frustrations growing to the point that we had not seen in New York for a long time. The Giants then slipped into mediocrity, and we all watched (some of us with smiles on our faces). Even with the terrible QB play, there was still a small amount of hope thanks to their two young stars Beckham and Barkley, two stars that you could build a legitimate franchise around.
— NFLAustralia (@NFLAustralia) February 22, 2019
Well, that hope is now gone. It has packed up and moved to Cleveland where hope has been abundant after their franchise started to turn things around under Baker Mayfield in 2018. This offseason, the Browns have found ways to obtain Odell Beckham and Kareem Hunt (doubtful he will play, nor should he) to combine with their star-powered offense that already included Ndjoku, Chubb, Callaway, and Landry. Look at that lineup and tell me that the Browns aren’t legitimately terrifying on offense. At most sportsbooks, you can now find the Browns at +1600 to win the Superbowl, behind the likes of the Pats (+700), Chiefs (+750), and the Saints (+800). To understand just how impressive this is, remember that we are talking about the Cleveland Browns!
To make things even better for Dorsey and his boys in brown (orange?), the AFC North has taken a tailspin this offseason. The Steelers have lost both Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, the Ravens defense has been completely ransacked by other NFL teams, and the Bengals are … well becoming the new Browns (Hue Jackson and all). This has quickly become the Browns division to lose, and it is all thanks to Dorsey. I don’t think I can tell you enough how excited I am to watch Baker Mayfield throwing bombs to Odell Beckham Jr. If you thought Odell was a fantasy star under the crypt keeper Eli Manning, wait until you see what he will be able to do with confidence personified Baker Mayfield!
At the end of the day, the Giants will get two fairly high draft picks and a safety that was already overvalued in my opinion. What hurts the most for New York is that this trade comes with 16 million in dead cap hit. It was obvious that Odell wasn’t happy in NY anymore, but the front office and GM Dave Gettleman specifically, misplayed their hand. It is going to be a tough pill to swallow for Giants fans, but if they can tank in 2019 then maybe 2020 could bring a star QB like Tua, Herbert, or Lawrence to the big apple. Sorry NY but hey there is always next year.