- Odell Beckham Jr. told Sports Illustrated that the New York Giants trading him to the Cleveland Browns wasn’t business, but “personal.”
- Beckham said he knew that the Giants had better offers on the table but “thought they’d send me” to the Browns “to die.”
- The Browns have not had a winning season since 2007 but are favoured to win the AFC North – it would be the first AFC North championship in franchise history.
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The New York Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in a surprising offseason move, and now Beckham is calling out his former team, saying the trade was “personal.”
In a story published by Sports Illustrated on Tuesday, Beckham told the reporter Ben Baskin that he knew the Giants had better offers on the table but instead elected to send him to the Browns out of spite.
“They thought they’d send me here to die,” Beckham said.
It isn’t the first time Beckham has criticised his former team. He told Complex in June that he felt as if he wouldn’t reach his full potential with the Giants.
In March, the Browns general manager John Dorsey inquired about Beckham, making the Giants’ Dave Gettleman an offer. When Gettleman countered, Dorsey saw a chance.
Beckham was in Paris when he received the call that he was traded, recounting that it lasted seconds.
Before Week 3 of the 2018-19 NFL season, the Browns had won four games since 2015, going winless in 2017. The team hasn’t had a winning season since 2007.
Then Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall draft in 2018, arrived to lead the Browns to a 7-8-1 year as quarterback. Though that wasn’t a winning season, the Browns suddenly had potential.
Beckham also said the Giants coaching staff tended to look to him only on third downs, running the same slants so frequently that the defence would call it on the field.
The Giants are “stuck in an older mindset,” Beckham said, adding that he was “just speaking facts.”
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters on Tuesday that “quite frankly, on our list of issues of the day, it really doesn’t matter what Odell or Baker say.”
For Beckham, this season will be a chance to prove that the Browns can live up to expectations, as the team is favoured to win the AFC North; it would be its first AFC North championship in franchise history.
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