But lost in the fallout of Cleveland's surprise acquisition of Giants' wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. was a nugget of info that possibly sent shivers down the spines of the Cowboys faithful.
In return, the Giants will receive Cleveland's first-round pick this year (which is No. 17 overall), the Browns' second third-round pick (No. 95 overall), and safety Jabrill Peppers, who took a major leap in Year 2. Despite missing four games last season, he still logged 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns.
Meanwhile the Browns also agreed to a three-year deal with defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, who had 4.5 sacks in 16 games with Minnesota last season. Beckham was not, La Canfora reported, a part of the trade talks between the two teams as the negotiations were going along. The decision backfired nearly immediately, as Beckham hinted nearly right away that he wanted out of NY, and the Giants got off to a 1-7 start. But the Browns were persistent and Dorsey, who has remolded the Browns since coming to Cleveland at the end of 2017, came up with a package the Giants simply couldn't resist. The worry is that eventually, he will wear out his welcome as he did in NY. Beckham was not only the best receiver on today's Giants, but he was the best receiver this storied National Football League franchise has EVER had in their long history, and probably the best receiver they will ever have.
It's amusing to think that going to play for the Cleveland Browns is actually a better situation for Beckham than being in NY with that stagnant offense.
That's a Pro Bowl lineup. If the Giants were blown away with an offer, the move might have made more sense. They have their eye on taking a franchise quarterback, perhaps Oklahoma Heisman Trophy Kyler Murray or Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins.