Giants trade Odell Beckham to Cleveland

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The Athletic insider made a bold prediction in a mid-February mailbag column: The Giants were going to trade Odell Beckham Jr. during the offseason.

Beckham's name has been involved in trade rumors for the better part of two years.

Thomas won't come cheap, as NFL Network reported on Monday that Thomas wants to be the highest-paid safety in the NFL, asking for a salary of at least $14 million per year.

Though multiple reports state that the deal is done, it can not become official until Wednesday when the new league year begins. Not bad for a team that went 7-8-1 previous year.

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The Beckham trade is the second deal to involve a star wide receiver in four days.

That's a big haul for the Giants as they enter what could be a multi-year rebuilding mode, but what it does for the Browns could be franchise-changing. The Raiders were reportedly considering Beckham, but they dealt for Antonio Brown, while the Browns could also pursue him.

Beckham has spent his entire National Football League career with the Giants after the club selected him in the first round (12th overall) of the 2014 draft out of LSU. But in an ESPN interview a couple of months later, Beckham couldn't answer a question about whether he was happy in NY.

In his five years with the Giants, Beckham, the 12th overall draft pick in 2014 out of LSU, caught 390 passes for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns. Even when he was injured and had to play on a dysfunctional Giants team with a washed Eli Manning under center, he still managed 1,052 yards and six touchdowns. The one exception was in 2017 when Beckham's missed most of the season with a fractured left ankle.

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