The New York Giants made a blockbuster trade late into the night on Tuesday, March 12. Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was shipped out of the Big Apple and traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a first- and third-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and defensive back Jabrill Peppers.
Of course, the New York media had a field day with the news which led to some pretty incredible tabloid covers for fans to wake up to.
The New York Post, New York Daily News, and Newsday Sports all dedicated full-page stories to the stunning news that expressed the same shock and disbelief that Giants fans were feeling when they learned of that one of the league’s most electrifying athletes was no longer a Giant.
The New York Post kept things fairly simple with some quick acronyms that perfectly summed up the news.
Newsday Sports was a little more clever, pulling out a hair pun to describe Beckham’s departure from the franchise.
And then, you had the most straight forward sign of disbelief from the New York Daily News, which also had a clever headline to celebrate the good New York sports news of star running back Le’Veon Bell joining the New York Jets.
In Cleveland, Beckham will join former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry to form one of the league’s top 1-2 wide receiver tandems. He also joins a Browns offense that features former Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield under center, star running back Kareem Hunt and former UGA star Nick Chubb in the backfield along with the versatile Duke Johnson, and dynamic pass-catching tight end David Njoku.
Throughout his career, Beckham has hauled in 390 catches for 5,476 yards, and 44 touchdowns since joining the league as the No. 12 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Now, Beckham, who signed a five-year deal worth as much as $95 million with the Giants last summer, will look for a new start while the Giants carry $16 million in dead cap space for the year.