(CNN)An NFL superstar is on the move, and it's to a destination that would have been considered inconceivable a couple of years ago.
New York Giants trade WR Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns
The New York Giants have traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., as well as linebacker Olivier Vernon, to the Cleveland Browns. In return, the Giants get safety Jabrill Peppers, right guard Kevin Zeitler, the No. 17 pick of this year's NFL draft and a 2019 third-round pick.
The trade became official when the league year began at 4 pm Eastern time on Wednesday.
"He's probably if not the one, one or two best receivers in the National Football League," Browns general manager John Dorsey said of Beckham. "Very rarely do you get a chance to acquire a player of this magnitude. He's at a relatively young age. He's got a lot of football left in him. Great hands, great work ethic, committed, competitive, he really wants to be great. And that's all you can ask for."
Beckham, 26, is arguably the NFL's most electric player -- on and off the field. Last year, the Giants gave him a reported $95 million contract extension in August.
"Browns fans deserve a winning football team," Beckham said. "This is a fresh start for me and it's going to be great to join Baker (Mayfield) and Jarvis (Landry) on this team. I will always appreciate the opportunity the Giants granted me and I'm thankful to them along with the fans and people in that city for supporting me.
"The Browns are an organization that is moving forward and it's exciting to be a part of something special that is in the process of being built. We have a lot of work ahead of us but I really feel like it's time for the Browns to come together, start winning a lot games and I'm grateful to be a part of that going forward."
With the move, the Browns' odds to win Super Bowl LIV next season have increased.
It's a position Browns fans haven't been accustomed to in decades. The team went 0-16 in the 2017 season and last reached the playoffs in the 2002 season. All of their titles came in the pre-Super Bowl era, with their last coming in 1964.
But expectations changed a year ago, when Dorsey made Mayfield the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. The Browns went from winless to almost clinching a playoff spot, finishing the season 7-8-1.