The Giants shook up the league when they traded superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. With OBJ becoming the latest piece added to the Browns' revamped offense, all the eyes (and money) appear to be on Cleveland.
According to reports, the Browns are now a favorite to win next year's Super Bowl. After brokering a deal with the Giants to send a first and third-round pick as well as safety Jabrill Peppers in exchange for OBJ, Cleveland's odds of holding the Lombardi Trophy jumped from 25-1 to 14-1. In addition, the pairing of Beckham and Mayfield has made the team a fan favorite among betters.
Per DraftKing, 82% of the tickets and 88% of the total money put down on the Browns to win the Super Bowl happened after they announced the OBJ trade. This obscene amount of interest boosted Cleveland from the eighth-most bet on team to the site's most waged-for franchise by the end of Tuesday.
This is an incredible turnaround for the Browns. Prior to Baker Mayfield's explosion last year, the team had won just one day in two seasons. However, after finally securing a consistent quarterback and multiple front office renovations, those struggles of the past seem to be distant history. That combined with the weapons they acquired during this off-season has fans and wagers believing in Cleveland.
"Last year, the public started embracing the Browns," the director of sportsbook operations for DraftKings Johnny Avello said. "With Odell, the Browns are now a public team."