Odell Beckham Trade: Cleveland Browns Are Super Bowl Contenders


CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) -- When John Dorsey was hired as Cleveland Browns general manager in December 2017, he pledged to wake "the sleeping giant."

Is it too early to say, "Mission accomplished?"

It took Dorsey 15 months.

Dorsey sent shockwaves through the NFL on Tuesday night when he agreed to acquire three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants, a mere 12 days after saying at the NFL Combine that he didn't feel the Browns were ready to go for it with a major move.

Dorsey didn't just go for it this offseason, he went all-in.

Let this be a lesson: Never play poker with Dorsey. He'll fleece you just as he took the Giants.

Beckham, with 5,476 yards, 390 catches and 44 touchdowns on his resume, only coast Dorsey picks No. 17 and No. 95 in this year's draft and safety Jabrill Peppers.

The Browns still have eight draft picks, and Dorsey isn't done.

On Tuesday morning, Dorsey agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with Minnesota Vikings free-agent defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

Last Friday, he sent right guard Kevin Zeitler and a fifth-round pick to the Giants for Pro Bowl defensive end Olivier Vernon and a 2019 fourth-rounder.

In February, Dorsey took the criticism and signed running back Kareem Hunt -- who was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs after he was seen on video shoving and kicking a woman -- to a league-minimum, prove-you-can-stay-out-of-trouble deal.

These aren't rebuilding moves.

These also aren't moves just to end the league's longest playoff drought either.

The Browns aren't just playoff contenders, they're Super Bowl contenders.

That's not a typo.

Super. Bowl. Contenders.

They now have the firepower on both sides of the football to compete with the New England Patriots, Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints.

Baker Mayfield, Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb and Hunt. And Antonio Callaway, an emerging talent.

Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi, Richardson and Vernon -- who posted a combined 30.5 sacks, 81 quarterback hits and 33 tackles for loss in 2018 -- on the defensive front.

For 20 years, the Browns have been a laughingstock, also-ran, disrespected, bye week for opponents.

Not anymore. They're now must-see TV.

The sleeping giant is wide awake and ready to roar.

By Daryl Ruiter