Odell Beckham Jr: New York GIants wide receiver to join the Cleveland Browns in huge trade move

Odell Beckham Jr in action for the New York Giants
Odell Beckham Jr in action for the New York Giants

The Cleveland Browns have pulled off one of the biggest moves in recent NFL history after agreeing on a trade with the new York Giants for star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Cleveland will send a first and third round pick along with safety Jabrill Peppers to New York in exchange for one of the biggest talents and most recognizable figures in the league.

Trades can be officially announced at 2000 GMT on Wednesday when the new league year starts.

It's a huge statement from the improving Browns, who made real strides last season and in quarterback Baker Mayfield seem to have a star in the making and a leader capable of changing the fortunes of one of the worst-performing teams in the NFL over the last few years.

Browns GM John Dorsey has made the aggressive move to pair Mayfield with arguably the most talented receiver in the league, which also reunites Backham with close friend and former team-mate Jarvis Landry.

Since joining the Giants in 2014 Beckham is third in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns and fourth in targets, and will now be catching passes from the new owner of the rookie touchdown passing record in Mayfield.

With running backs Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson also on the roster alongside talented tight end David Njoku, Cleveland will enter next season with lofty ambitions and, with Pittsburgh losing star players, Cincinnati struggling and questions at Baltimore, the play-offs are now more than realistic.

For the Giants, on the other hand, trading away Beckham is a sure sign that they feel they are in a period of rebuilding and seem set for a lean few years while they build back up from the bottom.

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