Beckham's name has been involved in trade rumors for the better part of two years.
The once-proud Giants are now the team with eight wins in two years and a roster that indicates it's not going to get much better in the immediate future.
In trading for Beckham, the Browns are reuniting him with his best friend and former college teammate Jarvis Landry, whom Cleveland traded for nearly exactly a year ago. They saw what happened last season (5-11) when they chose the latter.
Meanwhile the Browns also agreed to a three-year deal with defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, who had 4.5 sacks in 16 games with Minnesota last season.
Last season, I posited that Kitchens was the Browns' MVP based on the ways in which he made things easier and more explosive for Mayfield based on favorable route concepts. But also throughout the National Football League where former Browns lineman Joe Thomas was among those to express his excitement about the deal.
And just like that, a transcendent player is gone before ever winning a playoff game with the team that drafted him No. 12 overall five years ago. They get their franchise quarterback and one of the top talents of the draft.
Dave Gettleman, the general manager for the Giants, has been denying throughout the offseason that he would trade Beckham. With B.J. Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson, and RJ McIntosh still young and inexperienced, the pass-rush seems to be the weakest point on the team. But to see these two trades go down within just a few days really stings.
Bellamy has 76 career catches for 999 yards and five touchdowns, and is also a special teams contributor. After finishing 7-8-1 in 2018, the Browns signed free-agent running back Kareem Hunt before trading for Beckham.
"Landry said he's talked to Odell Beckham Jr. and that he 'definitely would be" up for playing for the Browns. If you want to rebuild without Odell, you don't sign him to that contract.