Some think the New York Giants got better by trading Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., in large part because of the pass catcher's personality. If you ask Beckham's new quarterback, however, the receiver's personality is just one of the things that makes him special.
"You could say the same thing about me," he said, per NFL.com's Kevin Patra. "You don't want to tame it. You just let them be themselves and make plays. That's who they are, when it comes down to it. The guys in that locker room, you're going to love playing with them. And I know from Saquon (Barkley) and Sterling Shepard that I'm very close with, I know exactly who OBJ is inside the locker room and who he is to his teammates."
Asked if Beckham will fit in Cleveland's locker room, Mayfield had no doubts.
"People can have their attitudes and perspective on it," he said, "but he's himself, and he has his teammates' back."
There's been rampant speculation as to why the Giants dealt Beckham less than a year after signing him to a lucrative contract extension, with many pointing to comments by general manager Dave Gettleman at the 2019 scouting combine -- about "eliminating distractions" inside the team -- as a potential explanation. Mayfield, of course, had similar labels after his arrest, among other controversies, in college, but is now the face of a resurgent franchise in Cleveland after his star rookie season.
But not everyone is trashing the Giants for the trade. On Friday's Pick Six Podcast, Brady Quinn defended the move in his conversation with Will Brinson, which you can check out here: