The Cleveland Browns agreed to acquire superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants on Tuesday night in a megatrade that transforms the NFL landscape.
The Giants will recieve a first-round pick (No. 17 overall) and third-round pick in 2019 in addition to safety Jabril Peppers, according to ESPN.
The move signals the resurgent Browns' ambition to be serious playoff contenders in Baker Mayfield's second NFL season. Browns wideout Jarvis Landry is Beckham's college teammate and one of his closest friends.
It's another step toward rebuilding for the Giants, who finished 5-11 last season. The Giants save $5 million in cap space in 2019 while incurring a $16 million cap hit; Beckham is entering Year 1 of a five-year, $90 million extension he signed last year.
Beckham, 26, has been incredibly productive since he entered the NFL and catapulted to superstardom with a leaping one-handed catch against the Dallas Cowboys in 2014: 390 catches for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns in five seasons. He has played in 59 of 80 possible games.
But there was plenty of drama in New York as well: Beckham punched a kicking net and cried on the sideline, and he featured in a controversial boat trip days before the Giants lost a playoff game, to name a few incidents.
It's the second trade between the Browns and Giants in a matter of days. The Browns added Pro Bowl defensive end Olivier Vernon and a fourth-round pick from the Giants in exchange for right guard Kevin Zeitler and a fifth-round selection.