The New York Giants reportedly made a huge deal on Tuesday night, dealing Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. This move will benefit the Washington Redskins.
After the Redskins already scooped one of their best defensive players in Landon Collins, but the Giants’ latest move has weakened them somewhat on the offensive side of the ball. The Giants made the stunning decision to trade Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.
Beckham is one of the best receivers in the NFL and now he will join what is looking like a stacked Browns team ahead of the 2019 season.
The official compensation was reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. They will receive two early-round draft picks and a potential replacement for Collins.
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Though the deal the Giants got back is solid, and they could end up getting some quality players with the pick, they undoubtedly have weakened their team in the short-term. Without Beckham, their offense lacks pass-catching weapons. And if they continue to roll with Eli Manning, they aren’t going to get much out of their passing offense.
On the back end, Peppers is a solid, young player, but he’s nowhere close to as talented as Collins. So, in essence, the team has downgraded at two positions.
This deal will have a seismic shift in the NFC East and definitely will help out the Redskins short term. The Giants were already one of the weaker teams in the division, but without Beckham, their offensive roster is essentially headed by the offensive line and Saquon Barkley. That will only be able to carry them so far, and since the Redskins appear to be better on defense, they should have a chance to be better than the Giants.
Of course, this deal could also impact what quarterback may be on the board for the Redskins if they want to take one in the first round. The Giants now have the draft capital needed to move up and get a passer of their choice. It doesn’t seem that the ‘Skins want to move up for a quarterback at the moment, anyway, but now, the Giants have two first-round picks. So, if they really want to move up to get a passer, they will be able to outbid the Redskins. But the bigger takeaway is that the Giants are weaker which will give the Redskins a chance to move up the pecking order in the NFC East, at least for this season.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see what the Giants do in the first round of the draft. But, for now, they appear to be in the process of retooling, so they could have trouble improving greatly — unless they add another quality receiver and a quarterback in the draft. So, for now, this trade appears to be an indirect win for the ‘Skins.