Suddenly, the Browns are legitimate championship contenders
Two people familiar with the blockbuster trade say Cleveland has agreed to acquire wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants.
The Browns are sending a first- and third-round pick in 2019 along with safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants for Beckham, one of the NFL’s top players, said the people who spoke Tuesday night.
The deal is conditional on both players passing physicals.
With the Browns, Beckham will be reunited with receiver Jarvis Landry, a teammate at LSU. Beckham also will give quarterback Baker Mayfield an elite target, and his arrival vaults the Browns, who went 7-8-1 last season after not winning a game in 2017, into a strong threat to win the AFC North.
That wasn’t the only splash made by Browns general manager John Dorsey in this active offseason.
He also is building a fearsome defense. One week after acquiring end Olivier Vernon in a trade, Cleveland added an inside presence to its line by agreeing with free-agent tackle Sheldon Richardson on a three-year, $39 million contract.
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Richardson, who has played with three other teams since 2013 and been suspended twice by the NFL, will receive $21.5 million guaranteed.
The Browns also decided to bring back wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who has agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal.
Free-agency moves: The Jets made a splash on the second day of free agency, led by Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley, who will get a reported five years and $85 million, including $51 million guaranteed.
Mosley has had at least 100 tackles in every season but 2016, when he missed two games with an injury and finished with 92. He will be a centerpiece of new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ unit.
In dire need of receivers for second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, New York is adding Jamison Crowder, 26, as a play-making slot receiver. Crowder, whose deal reportedly is for three years and $28.5 million, had 221 catches for 2,628 yards and 14 touchdowns in four seasons with Washington. He was limited to nine games last season with an ankle injury.
The Jets also agreed to sign Josh Bellamy, who has 76 career receptions for 999 yards and five touchdowns, and is also a special-teams contributor. He spent the past five years with Chicago.
New York also is re-signing cornerback Darryl Roberts.
• Green Bay struck deals with edge rusher Za’Darius Smith, linebacker Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner. The Packers also cut linebacker Nick Perry.
The defensive signings should improve a unit that ranked 18th in the NFL in 2018. Za’Darius Smith is getting the biggest deal: $66 million over four years with $34.5 million in the first two years. Smith, 26, led the Ravens with 8½ sacks last season — including three in one game against Tennessee — and has 18½ in his 58-game career.
Preston Smith agreed to a $52 million, four-year contract with $16 million guaranteed. For Amos, it is a $37 million, four-year contract. Amos, 25, started all 16 games for the NFC North-rival Bears last season and had two interceptions.
Turner gets a $28 million, four-year contract.
• The Vikings kept the heart of their defense intact with a hefty commitment to linebacker Anthony Barr.
A four-time Pro Bowl pick, Barr agreed to re-sign with the Vikings on a five-year, $67.5 million contract with $33 million guaranteed.
• DeVante Parker, a 2015 first-round pick, will get another chance to show the Dolphins he’s not a bust. The underachieving receiver signed an incentive-laden, two-year deal worth up to $13 million that replaces a $9.4 million fifth-year option on his original contract.
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