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Browns acquire Odell Beckham Jr.

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Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. Over the past week or so, there’s been plenty of smoke surrounding Odell Beckham Jr. potentially being traded to the Cleveland Browns. Tuesday night, that smoke became a reality: The Browns have acquired wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. They will send Picks 17 and 95 in the 2019 NFL Draft along with safety Jabrill Peppers to the New York Giants in the deal.

That second third-round pick is one that Cleveland acquired from the Patriots last offseason. So, the Browns essentially traded Pick 17, Peppers, and Danny Shelton for one of the best wide receivers in the league. Not bad, eh?

After he was selected with the 12th-overall pick by the New York Giants in 2014, OBJ has flourished, showing off his speed, athleticism, and just his ability to go up and make a play. During his first five seasons in the league, Beckham combined for 390 receptions (622 targets), 5,476 yards, and 44 touchdowns in 59 games (56 starts). That includes 2017 when he played in just four games (two starts) due to injury. His three-year stretch to start the season were by far his best when he totaled 288 catches (457 targets), 4,122 yards, and 35 touchdowns.

Beckham will be reunited with receiver Jarvis Landry in Cleveland. The two played at LSU together as well. You could say that they have plenty of chemistry on the field already.

The three-time Pro Bowler and 2014 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year has proven that when given the opportunity, he can make plays in all areas of the field. When he has the ball in his hands, anything can happen. When he doesn’t have the ball in his hands, well, he will still be a fan favorite.

General Manager John Dorsey is truly a legend. While division foes such as the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers continue to lose some of their top players, the Browns are busy acquiring one of the best wideouts in the league. He not only will make Mayfield better, but he will make the whole time better along with making things much easier for guys such as Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, Nick Chubb, and the other playmakers on offense.

Guys, our favorite professional football team has Baker Mayfield, Myles Garrett, and Odell Beckham Jr., among others. What a time to be alive.