O-Dealt to the Browns

Just over a year since they became only the third team ever to finish an NFL season without a single win, the Cleveland Browns have signed arguably the biggest name in the league.

Odell Beckham Jr has been traded to the Ohio based team from the New York Giants, despite the fact that just weeks ago, General Manager, Dave Gettleman assured fans that they “didn’t sign Odell to trade him”.

Beckham is one of the most recognisable players in the league, made famous by his iconic one-handed touchdown catch against the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, as well as his thrilling and explosive playing style.

The LSU product will be reunited with college team-mate, Jarvis Landry, and will provide a new target for young, but highly praised, quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Elsewhere, the Pittsburgh Steelers have also traded their star wide receiver.

Antonio Brown will play his football for the Oakland Raiders in 2019, after the Steelers accepted a third and fifth round draft pick for the Central Michigan product.

The 30-year-old is arguably the best receiver in the NFL, and has been selected to a total of seven Pro Bowls throughout his career.

However, off the field issues have led to a fractious relationship between Brown and the Steelers management team, and the Florida native demanded that he be traded this offseason.

The New York Jets have made a splash so far this offseason, bringing in many big names.

Le’Veon Bell is the stand-out singing, as the running-back was incredible during his time in Pittsburgh, though a contract dispute meant that the Steelers had no choice but the let him go this offseason.

Second year quarterback Sam Darnold will hugely benefit from having the three-time Pro Bowler in the backfield.

Aswell as Bell, Darnold will now have a reliable slot receiver to throw to in Jamison Crowder, who has been very effective for the Washington Redskins since being drafted in 2015.

The signing of 26-year-old line-backer, CJ Mosely will also beef up a defence that gave up the fourth most yards in the league last year.

Also trying to improve a mediocre defence is the San Francisco 49ers, who have signed line-backer Kwon Alexander and defensive end, Dee Ford.

Alexander fills a big need for the 49ers after they released 2017 first round draft pick, Reuben Foster midway through last season.

Ford, who was selected to the first Pro Bowl of his career last year, will pair well with defensive tackle, DeForest Buckner at Levi’s Stadium.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have parted ways with their quarterback of five years, Blake Bortles, who will now play backup to Jared Goff in Los Angeles.

Replacing him under centre is Superbowl 52 MVP, Nick Foles, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this offseason.

The North Florida outfit still possess an elite defence, with playmakers such as Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue and Jalen Ramsey, and they hope ‘Saint Nick’ will take advantage of this and help them make a playoff push.

Sub-edited by Callum Ferguson

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