by Alex Poletti
In a move that shocked the football world, the Cleveland Browns traded for Giants’ superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham. Beckham expressed his excitement to play for a team that can almost crack .500.
“I’m so excited to be part of a less-losing culture,” the newly-minted Brown said in an interview with The Second String. “After years of 4-win seasons, going up to seven or eight and just barely missing the playoffs is going to be something really special.”
The Giants have finished last in the NFC East over the past two seasons, with records of 5-11 and 3-13. While many experts were skeptical that the New York team would trade the face of its franchise, this move follows the Giants’ decision to not resign safety Landon Collins earlier in the week.
“We have a strong tradition of being a losing team,” Giants GM Dave Gettleman explains. “Odell is a phenomenal player, but he didn’t make sense with our vision of our future. If we kept him and Saquon on the same team, there would be a chance that we’d win north of six games, and that just isn’t what we were going for.”
The Browns on the other hand now have one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL, with Baker Mayfield at the helm and a receiving duo of OBJ and Jarvis Landry.
“There’s just so much talent on the field now,” Beckham says of his new team. “I can’t wait to see how we end up disappointing the city of Cleveland again. We’re really going to give them a fresh look of failure this year.”
The mastermind behind this trade, Browns GM John Dorsey, says that he’s looking for unorthodox ways to maintain a losing ballclub, including trading for good players.
“We’re trying to get creative in the ways we build a non-playoff team,” Dorsey explains. “We’ve decided this year to accrue all the talent we can and just let them fall short. I know making sharp executive moves isn’t the best way to foster mediocrity, but we believe with our staff, players and rich history, we can pull it off.”
Many fans, players and analysts are now high on the Browns team, but perhaps none have greater expectations than the team’s newest acquisition.
“I see great things for us,” OBJ says. “8-8, baby, that’s where we’re headed!”