We here at Big Sports Bulletin strive to bring you the best in accurate, up-to-date reporting that is both informational and entertaining. We strive to offer sound, educated opinions based off of the news and past experience. In recent posts, we have suggested that the Cleveland Browns should draft a wide receiver with the No. 17 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, sign or trade for an elite edge rusher, and least of all, trade for Odell Beckham Jr. Our last article, in fact, suggested that general manager John Dorsey would rather be quiet and right than loud and wrong. Shrewdness and poise were the qualities Dorsey displayed that would set the Browns roster for success.
We here at Big Sports Bulletin gleefully retract every speculative article we have written about the Browns’ off season. Odell Beckham Jr, also known as OBJ, is now the face of Cleveland sports.
A big splash is exactly what Dorsey made today after the major news cycle by calling up his current trading partner, New York Giants general manager David Gettleman, and acquiring OBJ for the Browns’ first-round pick in 2019 (No. 17 overall), their second third-round pick this year (95th overall) and safety Jabrill Peppers. This trade is coming off the report that Cleveland signed former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a three-year, $39 million dollar deal. This OBJ signing also precedes the possible signing of safety Earl Thomas.
Clearly, Dorsey is building the team to win now. His experience with Kansas City certainly showed he can put a contending team together, but it must have also taught him that time is precious, and, with young stars like Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, and Denzel Ward, there is no time like the present.
Mayfield famously worked out with OBJ and Browns receiver and self-proclaimed assistant director of player personnel, Jarvis Landry, during the off-season. All reports state they hit it off swimmingly. Also, it helps to have OBJ’s and Landry’s former coach Adam Henry on staff. None of these are mere coincidences, and they all add up to make the perfect fit in Cleveland.
That’s right. The perfect fit for a high profile NFL All-Pro is in Cleveland.
Before today’s news, the Browns were being picked by everyone from former NFL running back Reggie Bush and former NFL head coach Brian Billick to the guy in the next cubicle to win the AFC North at 9-7 or boldly even 10-6. With the acquisition of OBJ, the Browns are immediate contenders for the AFC Championship.
Trying to deduce Dorsey’s moves heretofore has been a challenge despite the seemingly obvious theme of flying under the radar. It is apparent Dorsey has been fielding a competitive team. Now, it is undeniable that he is fielding a championship team.
That is speculation Big Sports Bulletin is willing to stand behind.