Revisiting Odell Beckham Jr. trade between Browns, Giants: Who came out on top, where players are now

The dust has formally settled on a single of the most really publicized NFL trades in new memory. Odell Beckham Jr. is poised to be a part of a new group upon his launch from the Browns, who in March of 2019 acquired the three-time Pro Bowl receiver through trade with the New York Giants. The shift was lauded in Cleveland and mostly criticized in New York, in which Beckham starred for five seasons. 

In trade for Beckham, the Giants received powerful protection Jabrill Peppers and two draft picks that grew to become 1st-spherical defensive deal with Dexter Lawrence and 3rd-spherical move rusher Oshane Ximines. This is a appear at how all those gamers have fared:

Giants: Jabrill Peppers

A 2017 1st-spherical select, Peppers has been a full-time starter all through his two-in addition seasons in New York. In 32 online games with the Giants, Peppers has tallied 196 tackles, two interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 17 passes defensed. His 2021 came to a premature conclusion when he suffered season-ending knee and ankle injuries in the Giants’ Week seven gain in excess of the Panthers. 

Giants: Dexter Lawrence

The seventeenth total select in the 2019 draft, Lawrence recorded ninety one tackles and six.5 sacks in 31 starts all through his 1st two seasons in New York. And whilst he has began in only 4 of the Giants’ 1st 9 online games this season, Lawrence carries on to be a strong contributor on New York’s defensive line. He was Pro Soccer Focus’ 2nd greatest-graded Giants player all through the team’s Week 9 gain in excess of the Raiders. 

Giants: Oshane Ximines

Ximines has returned this season from a torn rotator cuff harm that prematurely finished his 2020 season. In 8 online games this season, Ximines has made 12 tackles with three move breakups. His greatest stays stays his 1st, when he recorded four.5 sacks in sixteen online games (with two starts). Ximines has misplaced actively playing time this season to rookie Azeez Ojulari, who is at this time tied for the group direct with 5.5 sacks. 

Now let’s acquire a appear at how Beckham has fared since the trade:

Beckham’s stint with the Browns

When the Giants acquired three strong nonetheless unspectacular gamers, the Browns plainly did not get the manufacturing and total working experience they were being hoping for when they traded for Beckham. When he went in excess of the one,000-property receiving mark in 2019, the Browns went just six-10 (pursuing a seven-eight-one season) all through Beckham’s 1st season in Cleveland. Beckham was also involved in numerous drama-loaded stories centered on no matter if he was overtly lobbing for a trade all through postgame handshakes with gamers from opposing teams. Beckham claimed late in the season that he experienced no wish to participate in somewhere else. 

Beckham and the Browns experienced a substantially quieter 2020 offseason. With the drama briefly behind them, Beckham and the Browns went 5-2 to start the 2020 season. But he suffered a torn ACL versus the Bengals that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Without the need of Beckham, the Browns completed the regular season with an 11-5 history. The Browns then recorded their 1st playoff gain in 26 a long time prior to bowing out to the Chiefs in the divisional spherical. 

With Beckham continue to working his way back from his 2020 harm, the Browns split their 1st two online games of the 2021 season with Beckham sidelined. He made his season debut in Week 3, in which he caught five of 9 targets for seventy seven yards in Cleveland’s 26-six gain in excess of Chicago. But Beckham’s manufacturing tailed off following that. He caught a blended 4 passes for 47 yards in the Browns’ upcoming two online games. He place up a strong stat line of five catches for 79 yards in Cleveland’s Week six reduction to the Cardinals. He suffered a shoulder harm in that recreation that limited his follow availability for the upcoming two weeks. 

Irrespective of being in obvious pain, Beckham played and caught two passes all through the Browns’ Week seven gain in excess of Denver. He experienced just a single catch for six yards in Cleveland’s Week eight reduction to the Steelers in what was his ultimate recreation as a Brown. 


The Browns experienced a fourteen-15 history with Beckham in the starting lineup. Which include the playoffs, the Browns were being 9-5 in online games devoid of Beckham. Quarterback Baker Mayfield was plainly much better in online games devoid of Beckham. It is most likely not a coincidence that a single of Mayfield’s greatest online games as a pro came two times following the Browns introduced that they would be parting methods with Beckham. 

When it’s tough to connect with possibly group a winner, the Giants appeared to be the group that benefitted more from the trade. That being claimed, the Beckham working experience might not have been a total failure in Cleveland, as the Browns have understood that considerably less is at times more when it comes to developing profitable teams.