Already a trendy pick to make the NFL playoffs in 2019, the Cleveland Browns saw their Super Bowl odds shift in a big way Tuesday night after the team completed a blockbuster trade with the New York Giants for Odell Beckham Jr.
The Browns acquired the superstar wide receiver from the Giants, for their 2019 first-round (No. 17 overall) and third-round (No. 95 overall) draft selections plus safety Jabrill Peppers, per multiple reports. The league had not officially confirmed the trade as of Wednesday morning.
Beckham is regarded as one of the NFL’s premier wide receivers, and at age 26 and in his prime. The trade adds another dynamic weapon to Cleveland’s offense.
Last season quarterback Baker Mayfield, the 2018 No. 1 overall pick, broke the NFL rookie single-season record for passing touchdown. Running back Nick Chubb set the Browns record for most rushing yards by a rookie and receiver Jarvis Landry is a playmaker in his own right.
Even before trading for Beckham, the Browns had a lot of buzz coming off of an encouraging 2018 season. A year after finishing 0-16, they went 7-8-1 and missed the playoffs by a game.
Cleveland had already made notable acquisitions this offseason in defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, running back Kareem Hunt and linebacker Olivier Vernon.
The Browns have salary cap space to further enhance the roster, so it was expected Cleveland would continue to improve and make the playoffs in 2019 for the first time since 2002.
The Browns had been listed at +2000 to win the 2020 Super Bowl on SugarHouse before Tuesday’s big trade. Those odds shifted considerably in the aftermath of the Beckham acquisition, with Cleveland now +1400 to win the Super Bowl on SugarHouse.
The Browns have the fifth-best odds, trailing only the Kansas City Chiefs (+750), New England Patriots (+750), Los Angeles Rams (+900) and New Orleans Saints (+900), all teams that made the 2018 playoffs.
Beckham joining the Browns also prompted changes in the prop bet market. SugarHouse now lists Beckham at -110 to accumulate more than 1,300.5 yards receiving, and -110 to have 10 or more touchdown receptions. Excluding an injury-shortened 2017 season, Beckham averaged 12,94 yards and 10 touchdowns per year with the Giants from 2014-18.
Though trading for Beckham and getting him at a reasonable price is a coup for the Browns, the deal presents some concerns. Beckham was available partly because he wore out his welcome with the Giants. He also has only played all 16 games once in his five-year career, and missed 16 games over the past two seasons.
But Beckham’s talent is unquestionable and he is a big addition to a Cleveland team that was already on the ascent. It helps the he will playing alongside his good friend and former LSU teammate Landry; plus wide receivers coach Adam Henry was Beckham’s position coach at LSU.
That the Browns are now regarded as a Super Bowl favorite wasn’t lost on defensive end Myles Garrett, who was sixth in the NFL with 13.5 sacks in 2018. When NFL Network asked him if the Browns were now one the league’s top teams, Garrett responded: “Absolutely. I think the tide has turned, and we can't wait to get out there and prove it.”