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49ers don’t pull off trade for Odell Beckham Jr.

SANTA CLARA – Superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is not coming to the 49ers, spoiling what could have been their biggest trade since they landed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in October 2017.
Instead, the New York Giants opted to ship Beckham to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for first- and third-round draft picks and safety Jabrill Peppers, NFL Network reported Tuesday.
Only two weeks ago, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said at the NFL scouting combine: “We didn’t sign Odell to trade him. Understand that.”
What’s now understood is the Giants preferred the Browns trade package over any potential one from the 49ers, and they opted against paying Beckham any further on the $90 million extension he received last August.
How hard did the 49ers pursue Beckham? It’s unknown, but this isn’t the first major trade that’s passed by the 49ers, such as Khalil Mack going to the Chicago Bears last season or Antonio Brown heading to the Raiders in a pending deal this week.
New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. (13) can’t make a catch in the end zone against San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmie Ward (20) in the fourth quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 
Beckham is slated to make $16.75 million in base salary this year. That would have been second to only Garoppolo ($17.2 million) as the 49ers’ highest salary.
Beckham, 26, seemed at home last November at Levi’s Stadium, and not just because of his two touchdown catches in the Giants’ 27-23 win. Before the game, he gave general manager John Lynch a quick hug and appeared to whisper something into his ear, and Beckham also met up with 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for an impromptu dance-off after meeting Goodwin’s family.

"Trade for me" -Odell (probably) pic.twitter.com/2co5TWVqiO
— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) November 13, 2018

Beckham has only played 16 of 32 games the past two seasons, missing the final 11 of 2017 with a fractured ankle and the last four of 2018 with a quadriceps bruise.
Health issues aside, Beckham has produced over 1,000 yards in four of his five seasons. The stats: 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014; 1,450 yards and 13 TDs in ’15; 1,357 yards and 10 TDs in ’16; 302 yards and three TDs in ’17; and, 1,052 yards and six TDs last year.

#FootballIsFamily @marquisegoodwin x @obj pic.twitter.com/Qo0fTrqCqu
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 13, 2018

Adding a wide receiver of Beckham’s proven caliber would have made the 49ers offense so much more formidable, and it would have taken some workload from tight end George Kittle, who set a NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end last season (1,377 yards).
The 49ers’ only 1,000-yard wide receivers since Terrell Owens left 15 years ago have been Michael Crabtree (2012) and Anquan Boldin (2013, ’14).
By not exercising the 2019 option on Pierre Garçon, the 49ers still have an opening for a flanker in their starting lineup, with either Dante Pettis or Marquise Goodwin likely to start at split end while Trent Taylor works from the slot.
Kendrick Bourne replaced Garçon midway through last season and finished with 487 yards, the most by a 49ers wide receiver. Pettis had 467 yards and five touchdowns, Goodwin had 395 yards and four touchdowns, and Taylor had 215 yards and one TD.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – OCTOBER 08: Eli Manning #10 watches as Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants is helped off the field by team staff after sustaining an injury during a game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) 
Beckham had been sought after by the 49ers even before he entered the league. Former general manager Trent Baalke considered trading up in the 2014 draft to select Beckham, who went 12th overall to the Giants.
Baalke has said the Giants’ price was too steep – a trio of draft picks the 49ers instead used on defense Jimmie Ward (first round), running back Carlos Hyde (second round) and either guard Marcus Martin or linebacker Chris Borland (third-round picks). Related Articles





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Beckham has only been to the playoffs once (a loss at the Green Bay Packers in January 2017). His Giants tenure was tumultuous amid the losing. He questioned quarterback Eli Manning’s capability, he drew a suspension for fighting Josh Norman, he got fined for celebrating like a urinating dog, and he drew scrutiny for a social-media video last year of a hotel-room scene involving a woman, pizza and possibly drugs.
 

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