Odell Beckham Jr is a star who’s been on the wrong team for five seasons. Now, with a fresh start on an up and coming Browns team, Odell finally gets to show what he’s made of.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last three days, here’s what happened:
Odell Beckham Jr, star receiver for the Giants, has been traded to the Cleveland Browns. The Giants, who recently signed Odell to a 5 year, $95 million dollar contract, are letting him go for Browns safety Jabrill Peppers, and a 1st and 3rd round pick. Yes, that’s all it took.
Now you’re probably just as confused as I am.
As a Giants fan, it’s hard to describe the feelings about all of this. So many questions about this bizarre trade, and the future of the franchise are stewing in my head. But the feeling that keeps coming up the most is happiness. At first I wasn’t sure why. My favorite NFL team traded away our star receiver for a bag of chips. We’ve lost three key players in the last week (Beckham, Collins, Vernon.) We seems to have no footing and will likely be at the bottom of the NFC again next year. So why am I happy?
Then I decided to take a look at Odell’s career with the Giants. In his first five seasons, Beckham was one of the most game changing, productive receivers in the league. 1000 yard seasons, spectacular catches, and Pro-Bowls were the norm for him. He was almost as successful as it gets with the Giants. And he did all of this with a weathering Eli Manning as his quarterback, a pathetic offensive line, a nonexistent run game (with the exception of the 2018 season, love you Saquon), and three different head coaches.
Odell was a playmaker on a team that didn’t make plays.
As fans, we naturally grow to love our team’s players and want to see them succeed to their fullest potential. We want to see their talents displayed, supported, and ultimately rewarded. Although Odell did some great things on the Giants, I can’t help but feel like he was never able to tap into his full potential. This is of course because of all of the circumstances listed above.
So maybe that’s where my happiness about the trade comes from. The desire for a player that I care about to flourish. If Odell stayed, he would continue to waste his years (and a ton of cap space) on a subpar team whose last need was a star receiver. The Cleveland Browns are a secure, up and coming franchise that is a few pieces away from a playoff run. They have a stud young quarterback, a steady defense, an actual offensive line, and so much fan support. They are the perfect landing spot for OBJ.
I never thought I’d say THAT about the Browns…
The Giants will struggle this year, but I believe that this was an OK move for the organization. They are a team with as many holes as a connect 4 board. In order for OBJ (or any receiver for that matter) to be effective, they need to address the largest holes in the organization: QB, O-line, and Defense. These holes are only filled by having money and draft picks. Thanks to this trade with the Browns, they now have both. I do anticipate another rough season for Big Blue. But I hope Giants fans can see the light at the end of the tunnel, even without OBJ.
And even though I’m sad to see him leave, I can’t wait to see him put up the best numbers of his career with his new franchise. Go get that well-deserved ring, Odell. New York loves you.
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