After a couple of more conversations, a deal was made. Combining two separate deals into one, the Browns landed Beckham and Pro Bowl pass rusher Olivier Vernon in exchange for offensive guard Kevin Zeitler, safety Jabrill Peppers and two draft picks, including Cleveland’s 2019 first-rounder.
Ultimately, it was a blockbuster deal — which preceded four additional free agent signings — that Dorsey believes takes the Browns closer to their goal of competing and winning the AFC North. Beckham, of course, is one of the biggest reasons why it’s closer today than it was before that memorable conversation Tuesday.
“You can’t have enough competitive football players,” Dorsey said. “We all understand the magnitude of his ability to play the game of football. He is a good football player, and you can’t have enough weapons around you. He is a really good asset to have on our football team.”
The magnetic, All-Pro wide receiver joins a Cleveland offense that finished the 2018 season with a surge. Guided by the play-calling of Freddie Kitchens and star rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Browns had one of the league’s most explosive, efficient and downright entertaining offensive attacks over the final eight games.
Now, that unit includes Beckham, who has amassed more than 1,000 yards in four of his first five NFL seasons and produced countless highlight-reel catches. And to top it off, he’ll be playing alongside one of his best friends, Jarvis Landry, his former LSU teammate who led the Browns in receptions and yards in 2018.
“I know that they are best of friends. They are very competitive with each other,” Dorsey said. “I heard (former LSU and Kansas Head Coach) Les Miles talk about how those two would drive each other and push each other when they were at LSU to compete. I think it can only help each other because that competition brings out the best in any athlete, regardless of the sport.”