Cleveland Browns: 4 Impacts Olivier Vernon trade has on Browns

Cleveland Browns Olivier Vernon (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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1. Goodbye, OBJ trade

Trading Olivier Vernon for Kevin Zeitler is a big deal. They’re not the superstar that Odell Beckham Jr. is, but none-the-less, they are great NFL players.

With this in mind, it’s hard to believe general manager John Dorsey pulls off another trade with the Giants, for OBJ.

Everyone kind of expected Dorsey to do something via the trade route, because he used deals with other teams as a successful tool last offseason. Swaps last winter saw the Browns acquire Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall and T.J. Carrie.

The Giants are an interesting team to watch because they are in state of transition, yet they possess weapons on offense. Beckham is under contract for the foreseeable future, while Saquon Barkley has three more years left on his rookie deal, just like Baker Mayfield.

Eli Manning may be among the bottom third of quarterbacks right now, but New York has the means to acquire Dwayne Haskins in this spring’s NFL Draft.

A combination of Beckham and Sterling Shepherd, as well as Barkly in the backfield make for some pretty nice options for a rookie quarterback that’s started a grand total of 14 college games.

The notion of Beckham actually coming to the Browns always seemed like a “fantasy football” play.

Many will look back at that combine photo of Dorsey talking with Giants’ GM Dave Gettleman. Something was in the works all right, and while everyone was in the same yard, we were still barking up the wrong tree looking for a Beckham swap.