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'What is the Giants' plan?' NFL execs weigh in on the Odell Beckham Jr. trade

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Anderson: OBJ being traded was news to him (1:08)

Josina Anderson breaks down how Odell Beckham Jr. found out he was being traded from the Giants to the Browns. (1:08)

The NFL already was buzzing over a wild prelude to 2019 free agency when the Odell Beckham Jr. trade news broke Tuesday night.

The New York Giants are shipping their star receiver to the Cleveland Browns for first- and third-round picks, plus safety Jabrill Peppers.

Within minutes, editors asked me and other ESPN analysts to handicap the reconfigured AFC North. Would the Browns win a division title for the first time since 1989? There was so much to consider.

I spent the next several hours speaking with executives around the league, gathering perspectives on the latest trade to rattle the NFL landscape. In the past six months, superstars Khalil Mack, Antonio Brown and Beckham have been traded.

"This is almost like baseball," a former general manager said. "Teams did not used to do this, getting rid of their star players so easily in megadeals."

What does it all mean? Specifically, what does the Beckham trade mean for the NFL, the Giants and the Browns? Pull up a chair and listen in on conversations with NFL decision-makers.


What could go wrong for Cleveland?

Execs loved the Browns' ability to add such an elite talent, but they raised concerns over the organization's readiness to handle another huge personality.