I had a chance to catch up with one of the greats today. #broncos @vonmiller . What does he think about another new head coach? The Hall of Fame? How much longer will he play? Also, what was it like being in Paris with @OBJ when he found out he was traded to the #browns? pic.twitter.com/zoB3U58QBv
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) April 2, 2019
Denver Broncos edge rusher Von Miller has a unique perspective on superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. being traded from the New York Giants to the Browns on March 12 because the two friends were together in Paris when the blockbuster deal rocked the NFL.
In a recent interview with NFL Network, Miller described the range of emotions he saw Beckham experience in the aftermath of the trade.
"He was hurt," Miller said. "He was hurt initially. He loved New York. He loved his teammates. He loved the team. Whenever you get hit with something like that, you’re going to be hurt. You’re going to feel some type of disappointment with that.
"But immediately after that, he was excited for his new opportunity. You saw all his [Browns] teammates on Twitter and Instagram, they love him as well. They're excited to have him. The whole city of Cleveland is excited to have him. He’s the new LeBron [James] there, so he’s excited about that, and he’s going to be ready to go."
Without using the word "hurt," Beckham described his post-trade reaction in a similar way last week during his introductory news conference. He admitted being dealt "was definitely a shock" and the change gave him a lot to process, but he also insisted he had subsequently become excited about joining a rising Browns team and reuniting with friend and fellow receiver Jarvis Landry, his former Louisiana State University teammate.
Asked if being traded adds fuel to his fire, Beckham repeatedly nodded and said, "That's all I can tell you."
After Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman called Beckham to inform him of the trade, Beckham called his mother and Landry. Beckham also eventually spoke on the phone with another friend — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who dined with Beckham and Miller early this offseason.
"I called him and talked to him," Mayfield said. "The thing we kept saying is, 'This can't be real.' But I knew [being traded is] hard and difficult.
"Leaving those [teammates] you've worked so hard with, that's the hard part. So that just takes time, and once he's here, that's all going to take care of itself because of the type of locker room that we have."