New Browns WR Odell Beckham said he had a brief conversation with Giants GM Dave Gettleman following the trade
“At this point, I have no idea what to think. I’m trying to process it right now,” Beckham said, via NFL Media’s Kimberly Jones, adding leaving the Giants is “bittersweet, but it is what it is. It’s life.”
- According to Yahoo!’s Charles Robinson, Beckham had the Browns at the top of his trade list due to the presence of former LSU teammate WR Jarvis Landry.
- Other preferred destinations included the Cowboys, where he could play with QB Dak Prescott against the Giants twice a year, and the Denver Broncos because of his friendship with LB Von Miller.
New Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr says he’s “extremely excited” about the opportunity to be in Cleveland.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to be part of this organization and the direction they are headed,” Beckham said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’ve already witnessed the energy fans bring in that city having been to some [NBA] playoff games at The Q. Browns fans deserve a winning football team. This is a fresh start for me and it’s going to be great to join Baker and Jarvis on this team. I will always appreciate the opportunity the Giants granted me, and I’m thankful to them along with the fans and people in that city for supporting me.
“The Browns are an organization that is moving forward, and it’s exciting to be a part of something special that is in the process of being built. We have a lot of work ahead of us but I really feel like it’s time for the Browns to come together, start winning a lot games and I’m grateful to be a part of that going forward.”
Giants GM Dave Gettleman wished WR Odell Beckham well in his first remarks following the trade.
“The New York Football Giants would like to thank Odell Beckham, Jr. for his contributions,” Gettleman said via Ralph Vacchiano. “We truly wish him well in Cleveland, and we want to wish OV (sp?) the best and nothing but success for both of them.”
- ESPN’s Jordan Raanan says the Giants will not defer any of the $16 million in dead money due from the trade of WR Odell Beckham, instead taking the full hit this year.