Player reaction on social media ranged from disbelief to giddiness as players absorbed the news. But then when presented with an opportunity to definitively say he would not deal his star wideout, Gettleman declined to do so.
After saying he wanted to be the highest-paid player in the National Football League, the Giants last August cast their concerns about his erratic behavior aside and made him the richest wide receiver at the time, signing him to a five-year contract worth $90 million plus incentives.
As an added benefit, Peppers is an accomplished returner of kickoffs and punts, excelling at both roles at MI and handling those assignments for the Browns the past two seasons.
People with knowledge of the moves told The Associated Press of the trades, speaking anonymously because the transactions can't be announced until after 4pm EDT on Wednesday.
With the trade of Beckham, the offense has lost its top playmaker, although one could argue the Giants started shifting that role to halfback Saquon Barkley last season.
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Giants fans were not happy about the move, with Twitter memes comparing their plight to that of R. Kelly.
"Landry said he's talked to Odell Beckham Jr. and that he 'definitely would be" up for playing for the Browns.
While Giants fan Jaden said: "I'm hurt right now". They are in a position quite familiar to the Browns - desperately in need of a savior quarterback and a complete rebuild. "We have a young, talented team".
The mega-trade came hours after another busy day of dealmaking.
La Canfora reported on CBS Sports HQ on Tuesday night, there should be plenty of issues that Odell has to deal with in terms of his contract.
The team also will re-sign cornerback Darryl Roberts. This year it was pass rushers Preston Smith and Za'Darious Smith as well as safety Adrian Amos. I like how the Smiths and Amos fit within Mike Pettine's defense, and with the loss of Clay Matthews and Nick Perry (the latter was cut this week), the Packers badly needed to add some edge pressure.
Oddsmakers at Westgate in Las Vegas have certainly taken notice, moving the Browns' Super Bowl 54 odds from 25-1 a little more than four hours ago to 14-1. This team will work to win, and if it does, it will have a rollicking good time.