For the price of a mid-first-round pick, a third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers, the Cleveland Browns acquired one of the best receivers of a generation on Tuesday.
The Browns landed Odell Beckham Jr. in a shocking trade with the New York Giants, one that figures to significantly alter the landscape of not just the AFC North, but the entire NFL. Quarterback Baker Mayfield now has arguably both the most talented and deepest collection of weapons in the NFL and there’s no telling how far such an offense can take the team.
Naturally, the football world had no shortage of reactions to the trade.
Twitter reacts to the Browns trading for Odell Beckham Jr.
Plenty of people needed a minute to process the news.
WOW WHAT JUST HAPPENED? 🤯
— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) March 13, 2019
— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) March 13, 2019
Thought this was 100% a lame fake account because of "I am not joking." https://t.co/Qe9t17cs1L
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) March 12, 2019
Then there was the litany of people preparing themselves for what figures to be the best Browns team in years, possibly decades.
The Steelers demise has been greatly exaggerated, but there’s no doubt the Browns are the new AFC North favorite.
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) March 13, 2019
AFC North will look very different next year:
Ravens: Lost CJ Mosley, Z Smith, Terrell Suggs, Eric Weddle
Steelers: Lost Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell
Bengals: Resign low-key vets
Browns: Add Sheldon Richardson, O Vernon, ODELL BECKHAM JR
Somewhere Baker Mayfield is smiling.
— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) March 13, 2019
Odell Beckham, Jr. is one of the NFL’s best players. He’s signed through the 2023 season. He is only 26 years old. The @Browns gave the @Giants two high picks and a decent young safety. This is the kind of thing that teams used to do to Cleveland teams. I need a moment to adjust.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 13, 2019
— Greg Rajan (@GregRajan) March 13, 2019
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) March 13, 2019
— Sam M. (@theSamMad) March 13, 2019
Oh boy oh boy….
QB – Mayfield
RB – Chubb, Hunt, Johnson
WR – OBJ, Landry, Callaway
TE – Njoku
— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) March 13, 2019
With @obj being traded to Cleveland, the Browns will join the Saints, Chiefs, and Rams as one of the most exciting and dangerous offenses in the NFL!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) March 13, 2019
*Baker threw 27 TDs in 13 starts as a rookie
* Chubb was PFF's top-graded RB last season
* KHunt 1,782 total yards as a rookie in 2017
* Odell 2nd all-time in receiving yards per game (92.8)
* Landry has 481 catches in his first five NFL seasons
* Njoku 56-639-4 at 22 years old
— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) March 13, 2019
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) March 13, 2019
I just typed that without a stutter.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) March 13, 2019
Current members of the Browns, and Joe Thomas, were especially happy to hear the news.
😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳yooooooooo. That’s a power move
— Rod Streater (@rodstreater80) March 12, 2019
John Dorsey is officially a genius…
— Damarious Randall (@RandallTime) March 13, 2019
Can y’all say GO BROWNS!!
— Genard Avery (@AveryGenard) March 13, 2019
Of course, as a possible juggernaut rose in Cleveland, the New York Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman were widely criticized for parting with one of the most talented players in the NFL.
Don't think anyone wanted to believe the Giants would really do it. But, it appears they have really done it. https://t.co/nLAoZEICsn
— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) March 13, 2019
Imagine thinking "You know, we'd be better off without Odell Beckham on our roster…." https://t.co/oXVKNFIFwn
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) March 12, 2019
Gettleman is setting the franchise back years. https://t.co/sXfY4lwWrv
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 13, 2019
I tried to tell u @Giants fans Dave was your problem but u laughed and called me bitter! Well welcome to the salt wagon jump on and let’s ride together lol
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 13, 2019
There's truth, then there's "NFL truth." Changes on a daily basis. https://t.co/gE1wu3OohA
— Tedy Bruschi (@TedyBruschi) March 13, 2019
I think the fair question to Dave Gettleman is this: Is a mid-1, a 3, and PFF’s 16th-rated safety “blowing you away” for the best player on your team? https://t.co/xyGOj8gmO7
— Peter King (@peter_king) March 13, 2019
i mean, it’s a lot more than pittsburgh got for antonio brown. but if gettleman turns those picks into a pro bowl guard and a decent pass rusher — which, whew, would really light his fire — is it worth a legitimate game changing receiver? serious question. https://t.co/GFRj4YBzZf
— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) March 13, 2019
— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) March 13, 2019
Giants trying to tank for Zion
— Shawne Merriman (@shawnemerriman) March 13, 2019
And all of that is just our first taste of an NFL where the Cleveland Browns are a legitimate threat. We’ll see what happens if they actually start to make some noise during the season.
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