Should the Giants have traded Odell Beckham Jr.?
It was quite a surprise in 2018 when the New York Giants decided to trade star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as well as pass rusher Olivier Vernon in exchange for safety Jabrill Peppers, offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler and the Browns first and third round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Giants ended up using the draft picks to acquire defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence and edge rusher Oshane Ximines.
Three years later and Bill Barnwell of ESPN says the Giants won the trade. Here’s a portion of what he wrote:
While the Giants haven’t replaced Beckham in the lineup, they’ve gotten more out of the players on the other side of this trade. Peppers hasn’t been the sort of game-disrupting safety scouts might have expected from his time at Michigan — and he doesn’t play the more valuable free safety role — but he’s a solid strong safety and a team leader. Lawrence has been the best player in this trade, living up to expectations as a stout run defender while adding four sacks last season. Peppers and Lawrence might have been replacements for departed veterans in Landon Collins and Damon Harrison, but they’ve held up their end of the bargain. Beckham hasn’t in Cleveland, and four years removed from his last Pro Bowl appearance, it would be a surprise if he was a No. 1 receiver in 2021. This one has flipped all the way around for Gettleman and Big Blue.
In hindsight: Win for Giants
Overall the Giants have gotten good production out of the players they acquired for Beckham and Vernon, but it hasn’t made them that much of a better team given that they haven’t been to the playoffs since 2016.
As great as Beckham is, moving on from him allowed the Giants to relieve themselves of a distraction that the media loved targeting.
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