NFL transactions notebook: Browns reportedly acquire Beckham
The New York Giants reportedly traded Odell Beckham Jr.
to Cleveland on
Tuesday night, giving Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield one of the best wide
receivers in the league as his newest target.
According to multiple reports, the Giants will get in return the No. 17
overall pick in the 2019 draft, a 2019 third-round pick and safety Jabrill
Peppers. The Giants now have picks No. 6 and 17 in the first round.
Beckham, 26, finished with 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in
2018, the first of a five-year, $95 million contract he signed last offseason.
The deal reunites Beckham with former LSU teammate and fellow wide receiver
Jarvis Landry and gives Mayfield a potent 1-2 punch at receiver, to go along
with a now-loaded backfield with Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt and Duke Johnson.
Also, the Browns reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with defensive lineman
Sheldon Richardson, who had 4.5 sacks in 16 games with Minnesota last season.
--According to multiple reports, the New York Jets agreed to a five-year, $85
million deal with former Baltimore Raven C.J. Mosley, making him the
highest-paid linebacker in the league. But fellow Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony
Barr, who appeared headed for the Jets, said he would remain in Minnesota and
get $67.5 million over five years. Center Matt Paradis also spurned the Jets
for a three-year, $27 million deal with the Carolina Panthers after playing in
Denver his entire career.
--The Buffalo Bills reportedly are adding wide receivers John Brown and Cole
Beasley, with Brown expected to sign for three years and $27 million, and
Beasley reportedly getting $29 million over four years.
--The Chicago Bears reportedly agreed on a two-year, $10 million contract with
returner/receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who averaged 28.8 yards with one
touchdown returning kicks for the New England Patriots last season. He also
caught 21 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 228 yards
and one score on 42 carries.
--In addition to adding Paradis at center, the Panthers announced they are
retaining backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke with a one-year contract. But
linebacker Thomas Davis, who has played all 14 of his professional seasons in
Carolina, tweeted that he will spend his 15th season in Los Angeles, with the
--The agent for free agent lineman Ja'Wuan James says his client agreed to a
four-year, $51 million deal with the Broncos, making James the highest-paid
right tackle in the NFL.
--The Houston Texans reportedly agreed to terms with defensive backs Tashaun
Gipson (safety) and Bradley Roby (cornerback).
--Linebacker Deone Bucannon is set to reunite with his former head coach Bruce
Arians after reportedly agreeing to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay
--The Cardinals reportedly agreed to a four-year, $36 million contract with
inside linebacker Jordan Hicks, who spent four seasons in Philadelphia.
--The Tennessee Titans intend to sign offensive guard Rodger Saffold to a
four-year, $44 million contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
--The Giants, who let three-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins walk in free
agency, will sign veteran safety Antoine Bethea to a reported two-year
contract after spending last season in Arizona.
--Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker is staying in Miami after signing a
new two-year deal that spares the team from paying his $9.3 million fifth-year
option for 2019.
--Outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith, edge player Preston Smith and safety
Adrian Amos all agreed to deals with the Green Bay Packers, according to NFL
--According to multiple reports, rehabbing and suspended wide receiver Josh
Gordon was given a second-round restricted free agent tender by the Patriots.
--The New Orleans Saints reportedly will sign running back Latavius Murray to
a four-year, $14.4 million contract, meaning the Saints likely are moving on
from free agent Mark Ingram. ... Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater reportedly will
re-sign with New Orleans and remain the backup to Drew Brees.
--Field Level Media