Gettleman defends Giants’ trades: ‘You can win while you build a roster’

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In two separate trades that will significantly alter both their offense and defense, the Giants have acquired safety Jabrill Peppers, guard Kevin Zeitler and two draft choices while sending the Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. and linebacker Olivier Vernon

“The New York Football Giants would like to thank Odell Beckham, Jr. for his contributions,” said Giants general manager Dave Gettleman. “We truly wish him well in Cleveland, and we want to wish OV the best and nothing but success for both of them.”

The deal is contingent on the players passing physicals with their new teams, which are expected to be completed no later than Monday.

The trades are the first by the Giants in which the teams exchanged players in 12 years, and that deal was also with the Browns. On March 9, 2007, the Giants acquired running back Reuben Droughns from Cleveland for wide receiver Tim Carter. Droughns played two seasons for the Giants and led the Super Bowl XLII champions with six regular-season rushing touchdowns.

The two selections received in the 2019 NFL Draft are 17th overall selection in the first round and the 32nd pick in the third round (95th overall, which the Browns had acquired from New England).

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