OBJ was shocked by trade, but has come to grips with it


Three weeks ago today, Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was still Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. By the end of the day, he had been traded.

“I was heading to dinner and I just remember seeing [Giants G.M. Dave] Gettleman calling,” Beckham told reporters on Monday. “I knew something was going down. I picked up the phone and took the call. It was quiet for a minute at dinner. It just was a lot. I do not even know how else to describe it. It was just a lot, a lot of emotions and a lot of thoughts that run through your mind. Your whole life is changing. It is still the same in theory, but it is changing. I just took it to process. I called my mom, I called [Jarvis Landry] and here we are today.”

Beckham admitted to being stunned by the news.

“It is just a lot to process,” Beckham said. “You start off in New York in your career, and the next thing that you know, I am here today. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be here. Kind of the past is in the past. It was definitely a shock, but I think that I have come to grips with everything and processed everything. It was a lot, but my guy is here and I am excited about that.”

He downplayed the differences between playing and living in New York and Cleveland by pointing out that, come August, it doesn’t matter.

“[A]t the end of the day, when you are in the season, you just focus on playing ball anyway,” Beckham said. “I am sure that it will be a little different, but you can make home anywhere.”

Beckham accepts the fact that he ultimately can’t control his destination.

“This is a different league,” Beckham said. “You do not get to pick where you go. I feel like there is no way God would have led me here to not be here for a reason. It makes sense.”

Beckham’s resignation doesn’t make sense, however, given that receiver Antonio Brown was able to tweet his way out of Pittsburgh — and to engineer his destination. Beckham surely realizes that, and it’s something that could become an issue down the road.

For now, though, the vibes are positive for a team that hasn’t been this relevant in years. Whether that remains to be the case depends on what happens when it’s time to play games that count later this year.

9 responses to “OBJ was shocked by trade, but has come to grips with it

  1. OBJ should be thankful… the Browns will probably win twice as many games as the Giants this year.

  2. I acted like a self-centered brat and am shocked that rubs people the wrong way.

    >>Beckham accepts the fact that he ultimately can’t control his destination.

    Sure you can, look at Antonio brown. Get paid, wait 2 years, act up, get traded, demand a new contract. Rinse, repeat.

  3. The difference between AB and OBJ is that AB wanted out. OBJ never asked to be traded. He never thought of forcing his way to another team.

  4. I have a feeling that this is a one year relationship with Baker, OBJ and Landry. I can’t recall ever seeing 2 alpha WRs and an alpha QB staying together long.

    But it could work for just one year. Just give us one amazing year…

  5. A message to all players who think they hold the cards. Brown put on a great front, but you know he thought he was going somewhere flashier than Oakland. Teams don’t seem to mind eating $20 mil just to move a guy now.

  6. It’s a bit of a stretch to say that AB was able to “engineer his destination”. He wanted to go to the Patriots or Eagles, but had to settle for Buffalo or Oakland, with the final push being Oakland.

  7. If he “really” had no idea that he could’ve been traded then the Giants front office lied to him or ObJ is oblivious to football rumors, because we all knew he was on the block.

    He should be happy. The Browns look to me like a sure fire Playoff team, maybe Division winner with a first round bye…wow, I’m saying the Browns with a bye? Yes, I am! Back with Landry and a waaaay better QB. In a town that bleeds football (No NY has bandwagon fans and half are Jets fans).

  8. I can’t recall ever seeing 2 alpha WRs and an alpha QB staying together long.

    Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne.

    Daunte Culpepper, Randy Moss, Chris Carter.

    Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Bolden.

    Mark Bruenell, Kenan Mccardell, Jimmy Smith.

    Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Wes Welker.

    Should I keep going?

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