The Giants shocked the NFL when they traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns earlier this offseason, but the star receiver actually expected a trade to go down a long, long time ago.
Saying that he's "probably the happiest" he's ever been in his entire life, Beckham told GQ that he thought he was going to get traded two years ago -- before he signed his massive extension.
After signing the extension but feeling something in his "gut" and not being "very happy," Beckham thought he was going to get traded in 2018. Instead, it took until March.
"It just became not the right fit," Beckham said about himself and the Giants, during a conversation where he talked about being willing to take a bullet for new Browns teammate Jarvis Landry and comparing Baker Mayfield to Brett Favre.
It was clear during the 2018 season -- as the Giants lost and Eli Manning struggled -- that Beckham wasn't happy in New York. And all of that came to the surface during the now-infamous ESPN interview where Beckham basically threw Manning under the bus and suggested he wasn't truly happy with the Giants.
While he's still with Cleveland, Beckham still talks with Saquon Barkley, with the two having had an amusing conversation recently about their plans to both wear shorts to Monday night's Met Gala.
"I told [Barkley] about wearing shorts [to the Met] and now he's trying to wear shorts," Beckham told GQ. "He's like, 'Is it going to be weird if we both wear shorts?' I'm like, 'It doesn't matter, I'm going to look better than you anyway.'"
And on Monday night, a beaming Beckham -- the new, happy version -- posed with Barkley, Tom Brady, and Julian Edelman at the Met Gala, the Giants in his rearview mirror.