If Gettleman had designs on dealing Beckham, his best course of action was playing hard to get. To that end, he informed interested counterparts that he was asking for the moon, Garafolo added, with several teams in the mix.
Tuesday's blockbuster reunites Beckham with close friend Jarvis Landry as well as former LSU receivers coach Adam Henry.
Gettleman, on the other hand, had an opportunity to pair Beckham with a hotshot quarterback prospect such as the Jets' Sam Darnold in last year's draft. Instead, he will oversee a lengthy roster reconstruction process of his own, watching one of the game's most gifted players catching passes from Cleveland's savior under center.
Since entering the NFL in 2014, Beckham ranks third in targets per game (10.5), fourth in receptions per game (6.6), third in receiving yards per game (92.8) and third in receiving touchdowns (44). His new battery mate, Mayfield, established an NFL rookie record for touchdown passes.
In just over a year, Dorsey has stockpiled a previous barren roster, perhaps even transforming a laughingstock into a Super Bowl hopeful.