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New Browns DT Sheldon Richardson on OBJ trade: ‘They cookin’ over there now’

Browns general manager John Dorsey's reasoning for acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. was simple.

"I know Odell is very passionate, know he's competitive and I know he can help this football team," Dorsey said Thursday. "If you can get the chance to acquire a guy like that, you know what? Take a shot at him."

The news of Beckham's acquisition sent shockwaves -- no, more accurately, it sent fans into the streets, shouting and jumping for joy.

One even drew a visit from the Shaker Heights police:

Another was so overcome, he couldn't make words:

Cleveland's fans matched Beckham's passion when word spread that the superstar wideout was to become a Brown. That same word reached other prospective Browns who had yet to sign on the dotted line.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson had already decided he was heading to Cleveland. But when he saw the Beckham news?

"They cookin' over there now," Richardson said reactively. ... “That was insane. I did not see that coming at all. Nobody did. Nobody saw that one coming. More pieces to the puzzle. Trying to right the ship. It is just that simple.”

New tight end Demetrius Harris, a former Dorsey draft pick in Kansas City, wasn't influenced by the Beckham deal, either. But he was both happy to see it completed and inspired by it.

"It just makes you want to work harder because that's one of the best receivers in the game right now," Harris said. ... "It just motivated me to just worker harder, man, because Dorsey is putting up a good team around Mayfield. Just Cleveland as a whole, the whole city of Cleveland, I'm just excited. Dorsey's doing a great thing around here and we're just all ready to just get to work."

Take a look at a selection of photos of new Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr., including ones from his time with new teammate Jarvis Landry back when they both attended LSU.

Richardson, newly acquired pass-rusher Olivier Vernon and the rest of the Browns' defense forms an improved group that should hold up its end of the bargain. And when they're not on the field, Harris expects the fireworks to fly, much like they did with his old team in Kansas City.

"I got to experience that last year and it was a great feeling," Harris said. "It was the best season and the most fun I've had since I've been in the league. It's most definitely fun when you have everybody and a powerful offense like the Browns do, like we have now. It's just exciting. I just can't wait. I'm just like everybody else. I just can't wait to see what we have in store. I'm pretty sure, I know we're going to have an explosive offense. It's just going to be exciting. I'm just ready for it."

So Beckham didn't lure the team's newest additions to Cleveland. But his addition to the team sure makes things sweeter, much like fireworks make everything better on the Fourth of July -- or maybe just a Tuesday night in suburban Cleveland:

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