Eli Manning found out about the blockbuster trade the New York Giants agreed to with the Cleveland Browns earlier this offseason in the exact same way that most fans did as well -- on television.
When news broke late on a Tuesday evening that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had been traded to the Browns for safety Jabrill Peppers, a first and third-round draft picks, Manning had not been previously informed of the news by any member of the Giants organization. Shortly after the trade was announced, Manning reached out to Beckham as a friend and human being to console with a former teammate who was admittedly also stunned by the news.
"I found out watching TV one night," Manning said to Giants reporters on the first day of voluntary OTAs, via Giants.com.
Manning added that he was simply relaxing, watching television when he saw news of the trade on the news ticker scroll at the bottom of his screen. Upon learning the news, Manning immediately reached out to his former teammate. This was the veteran two-time Super Bowl MVP's first reaction.
"I wanted to reach out to him," Manning said, via in-house Giants reporter Paul Dottino. "Odell has been a teammate for five years and been a good friend. In these circumstance you think about the person involved. It's more than just a player. You reach out to just make sure they're doing okay and how they're handling it."
Now that's he's gone, Manning admits that replacing Beckham with just one player is not a likely scenario.