Odell Beckham is a Brown now. (Bill Kostroun, AP)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A little over a year ago at the NFL annual meeting, reports surfaced that the Giants might be willing to trade their superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
The problem is, they wanted at least two first-round picks at the time, according to ESPN.
Browns GM John Dorsey fanned the flames when he said he had coffee at the meetings with his longtime good friend Dave Gettleman, the Giants’ GM.
Of course, Dorsey was gearing up by then to draft Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall, and there was no way he was parting with that pick or even flip-flopping with the Giants, who were right behind him at No. 2.
Nevertheless, he engaged in a little gamesmanship when he told NFL Network there that “Jarvis Landry was his teammate and Adam Henry was his coach, but really I can’t talk about the player.”
By that time, the Giants were already disillusioned with their star receiver, and the seed was planted for the trade that would ultimately go down almost a year later: Beckham Jr. for the Browns’ No. 17 overall pick, 2017 No. 25 overall pick Jabrill Peppers and the No. 95 overall pick in the third round.
Later, the teams rolled their earlier swap into the same deal — Browns starting right guard Kevin Zeitler for Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon.
The Beckham trade had Browns fans screaming in the streets and one woman even calling 9-1-1 on a neighbor she thought had lost his mind.
Suddenly, the Browns were talked about all over the country as Super Bowl contenders.
From league sources, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the deal: