Odell Beckham Jr. trade has Giants fans questioning their very existence

Thursday, 14 Mar, 2019

Late on Tuesday night, the Browns landed a receiver they had been targeting for quite some time as they came to terms with the New York Giants on a trade for Odell Beckham, Jr.

The New York Football Giants announced Wednesday that they acquired guard Kevin Zeitler, safety Jabrill Peppers and a pair of draft picks from the Cleveland Browns (pending physicals) in a trade.

Peppers interception set up a score for the Browns and then in the fourth quarter when Denver was trying to mount a drive, the former Heisman finalist for MI football came up with a sack to finish off a big win.

Football fans on both sides of the trade, as well as players around the league, had some strong reactions on social media.

The Giants signed Beckham to a five-year, $95 million contract extension in August with $65 million in guarantees.

Beckham has missed 16 games over the last two seasons, but he was still very productive in 12 games last season (77 catches for 1,052 yards, six touchdowns).

If things go terribly wrong, the Browns, barring a restructure, can get out of the deal without a salary-cap hit after the 2020 season.

Baker Mayfield, who should have been the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, will be throwing to Beckham, Jarvis Landry (OBJ's teammate at LSU), Antonio Callaway and David Njoku.

Manning set a career-high for completion percentage (66 percent) a year ago, but the eye test has shown a cooked quarterback for about three seasons.

Landing Beckham is his signature move, a signal that he believes the Browns are on the verge of a Super Bowl run. The Giants could be heading into 2019 with Barkley, Beckham Jr. and Darnold. Even if they do decide to cut Manning, the damage of holding onto him has already been done.

The Browns have options in free agency and don't have a pick until the second round of the draft.