On March 13th, 2019 the sports world was shocked with one of the craziest trades in NFL history. Odell Beckham Jr. has been traded to the Cleveland Browns.
I personally did not believe the news when I heard it, one of the best wide receivers in the league going to the Browns? As any sports fan would know, the Browns are terrible. However, due to recent acquisitions the Browns now have the fifth best odds to win the Super Bowl. Now this may be seen as good news to Browns fans, I am going to be focusing on the bad news, which is mostly for Giants fans and the NFL as a whole. The main reason this trade is worth talking about on this blog is because of what Dave Gettleman, general manager of the New York Giants told his fanbase.
“We didn’t sign Odell to trade him.” Based on recent events it looks like yes, the Giants did sign Odell to trade him. In August of 2018 the Giants signed Beckham to a five year $90 million extension. Due to rumors surrounding Beckham during the NFL combine, Gettlemen released the statement, 13 days later Beckham is traded. Gettleman has come out and said that “things changed”. “Frankly, what changed is the other team made an offer we couldn’t refuse.” The Giants secured first and third round picks and safety Jabrill Peppers. “There is no intrigue. There is no he-said, she-said. None of that stuff. Odell was a tremendous talent, making him a valuable asset. With football being the ultimate team game, we turned that into three assets at the very least.” Said Gettleman. Based on this unexpected trade, it’s safe to say that NFL GM’s can not be trusted. Business is business, but the lesson to learn here is don’t rely on words to seal the deal.
The trade obviously produced some reactions from players across the NFL, specifically at Dave Gettleman, here are my favorites.
Obviously, there is something wrong with the Giants front office and they will continue to be one of the NFL’s worst teams if a change is not made. Hopefully they can rebuild into the powerhouse they once were.