Donning a bright orange Browns cap, Odell Beckham Jr. addressed the Cleveland media for the first time since being traded by the Giants.
Beckham sat right in between his new quarterback Baker Mayfield and his long-time friend in wide receiver Jarvis Landry, as he reflected on the moment he got the call from GM Dave Gettleman that he was traded. He said he was eating dinner when his phone rang, and he admitted "I knew something was going down."
"I defintely would say that it did," Beckham told reporters when asked if he was surprised. "It's just a lot to process. You start off in New York in your career, and the next thing you know you're here today. I think I've come to grips with everything and processed everything. To see my guys here, I'm excited about this."
He may be excited, but Beckham will definitely miss his Giants family. The 26-year-old Pro Bowler said he saw WR Sterling Shepard and RB Saquon Barkley -- a player he put under his wing during his Rookie of the Year campaign -- this weekend, with Beckham posting to his Instagram story a video of Shepard at dinner.
He'd be lying if he said everything felt the same.
"Hard to explain," Beckham said. "Of course I'm happy with my guys here, but at the same time, you build a relationship with teammates and those other guys on that team, and that really was the hardest thing. Seeing Saquon, Shep the other night, we were all like, 'Damn, it's different.' It's really just guys in the locker room, people you go to war with, wake up in training camp, go through all those things with, that's really what makes it so hard."
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Giants co-owner John Mara admitted it was extremely hard to make the final call to send Odell to Cleveland, noting that it was a "reluctant approval" when he told Gettleman he could finalize the agreement. From here, the Giants believe they will be a better team based on what they got in the deal -- the Browns' No. 17 and No. 69 picks in the 2019 Draft as well as S Jabrill Peppers -- and already bringing in his replacement in Golden Tate through free agency.
And as the Giants looking forward to the future post-Beckham, the star receiver couldn't be any happier to be with the Browns. One of the main reasons is linking up with Landry again. The two were one of, if not the, best receiving duo in college football during their time at LSU. After they were both selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Pro Bowlers have been telling each other they will be wearing the same threads again one day.
"I feel like we spoke this into existence," Beckham said. "Him and I dreamed about this."
Landry added that it was "more than an honor" to be able to play with Beckham once again. Mayfield also dished on when he found out about the trade, saying he screamed in his house like it was gameday.
The new-look Browns are not only being called the team to beat in the AFC North, but many believe them to be true Super Bowl contenders as well. Beckham has never been on a Giants team in the past five years that was a division favorite, let alone fit to make a postseason run for the Lombardi Trophy.
So, between reuniting with his best friend and coming to a team primed to do some damage in 2019, you could say Beckham is ready to take Cleveland by storm.
"This is the biggest blessing in my entire life," he said.
And does the Giants trading him away put a chip on his shoulder? Beckham gave a confirming nod.
"That's all I can tell you," he said.