Odell Beckham Jr. is reportedly no longer a New York Giant.
Despite his tremendous abilities, that isn’t a bad thing for the franchise right now or in the future.
Tuesday night’s reported trade of Beckham to the Cleveland Browns is bigger than just the team’s rebuild, which began last year with the trades of defensive lineman Damon Harrison and cornerback Eli Apple at midseason. In sending Beckham to Cleveland, the Giants have potentially flipped a player who makes as much news off the field as he does on it. In return from the Browns, they got valuable assets for the future.
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Perhaps the only second guess of the reported trade is that they didn’t make this decision last offseason. If they had, they potentially could have made a run at keeping Landon Collins before he hit the open market.
But in the here and now, the Giants have done the right thing. General manager Dave Gettleman added two draft picks (Cleveland’s first-round pick at No. 1 and their third-round pick in this year’s draft) as well as an intriguing athlete in Peppers.
And while Peppers doesn’t replace the recently departed Collins, he does lessen the sting in the team’s defensive backfield. The move also clears some cap space this year, but it won’t do much in the immediate future.
“[It’s] $16M in dead money and they gain $5M in cap room,” said Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com. “That should bring them to around $30M in cap space. They will bring back Peppers and the draft pick which will likely eat up most of those savings.”
The real bonus here is the Giants will be in possession of two first-round picks. They could choose to pair these picks together in a package and move up in the draft to take a quarterback if they aren’t confident that their player is there at No. 6. Or they could simply sit and add two first-round talents in a draft that is top heavy, but has some solid players after the top few picks.
The team has versatility in the first round and the ability to add several pieces at the top of the roster. Beckham, given his volatility, could have been more of a hindrance to the rebuild than an asset.
Perhaps more than anything, the Giants are moving on from Beckham.
The Giants are attempting to rebuild and Beckham’s talent, though undeniable, simply doesn’t fit this team now.
The right move, even if unpopular, was moving on from Beckham. Now it is up to the Giants to have a plan in place to capitalize on these resources.
If they don’t, then the rebuild will continue with another general manager in charge this time.
There are holes on both sides of the ball. They need to find the quarterback of tomorrow this offseason as well as address issues along the offensive line and the need for a pass rusher. This move allows the Giants to pursue those needs in a meaningful way.