OBJ to 49ers trade remains a possibility

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As the season ended, a sense emerged that the 49ers could renew the pursuit of Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. A month and a half later, that sense persists.

The 49ers have had real interest in Beckham for nearly a year; the only question is whether the Giants are willing to pull the trigger. As reflected by last week’s bold offseason prediction from Jay Glazer, the Giants may indeed be ready to do so.

The 49ers hold the second and 36th overall picks in the 2019 draft; the No. 2 overall selection would seemingly be a high price to pay, possibly requiring the Giants to send maybe a third- or fourth-round pick back to the 49ers to balance it all out.

The Rams also had interest last year in trading for Beckham. They instead made a deal for Brandin Cooks. But if the Rams want to make a big splash in 2019, they could (in theory) dangle someone like receiver Robert Woods to the Giants as part of the package.

However it all plays out, Glazer didn’t throw out the notion of a Beckham trade recklessly. Beckham remains in play for a trade (no matter what the Giants officially say), and the 49ers remain on the short list of teams that could get him.

51 responses to “OBJ to 49ers trade remains a possibility

  1. Nick Mullens to OBJ or AB sounds more probable than not given the preponderance of the evidence.

  2. There’s no way in hell Shanny sends the #2 pick for OBJr. A 2020 1st and this years 2nd-rounder, sure.

  3. Brown is scaring Lynch with his tweets and off feild drama.

    OBJ is less of a off feild headache but a headcase on the sidelines

    Either way 9ERS need a pass rusher and a WR. Priority 101

  4. Rams are better with Woods than OBJ. 9er’s 36 pick would be fair if they really need to make a splash move.

  5. 49ers shouldn’t trade the 2nd overall pick. The Niners biggest need is an edge rusher. If they could make the trade happen without giving up the 2nd overall, or somehow can acquire the Giants first round pick, then I am all for it.

  6. Possibly but how likely. Frisco was looking forward to a season that could have them ending up in the playoffs and may be even the Super Bowl, so they wanted to add a good receiver to their roster. Entering the 2019 season, their goals are probably more modest. May be a winning record for a change instead of another losing season. OBJ may be a luxury they cannot afford. Building through the draft may be a better idea.

  7. If Antonio Brown really wants to play for the 49ers, as he said, part of me would love to see OBJ crush that fantasy. On the other hand, as gadgetking said, Brown would be a better bargain for San Francisco, and the Steelers might actually get some value from the trade. Much as I’d like to see Brown have to just sit until he figures out he’s not the center of the universe, it would be a relief to get rid of him.

  8. Looking at Lynch’s draft history, they should definitely trade their first for OBJ. lts probably the only thing that will keep the 9ra from blowing the pick. In fact, Lynch would do well to trade all of his picks for proven NFL talent.

  9. This guy will spend more time in the training room than on the field. I hope he doesn’t end up in S.F. He seems like more of a Washington Redskins kind of player. A mistake. I mean, who needs to bring in problem children? I love the kid they drafted in the 2nd round out of Washington, Dante Pettis. Let’s see what happens with Jimmy G. before pressing the panic button. Kyle Shanahan is one of the best offensive coaches in the NFL. If I were the 49ers, I’d spend my money on defense. Just spend wisely. The Giants wouldn’t make Beckham available if he was worth the trouble.

  10. omeimontis says:

    February 18, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Possibly but how likely. Frisco was looking forward to a season that could have them ending up in the playoffs and may be even the Super Bowl, so they wanted to add a good receiver to their roster. Entering the 2019 season, their goals are probably more modest. May be a winning record for a change instead of another losing season. OBJ may be a luxury they cannot afford. Building through the draft may be a better idea.
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    I highly doubt their goals are anymore modest. Jimmy G is expected back and either McKinnon comes back or they upgrade in free agency and 4oers likely are somewhat active in free agency. You add that to Kittle improving, Mullens improving if Jimmy G goes down and the 2nd pick it’s likely their goals are just as high as last yr.

  11. Does anyone think the 49ers are going to finish higher than 3rd in their division regardless of who they get in trade? They are far better to build for the long term than to waste assets chasing 8-8.

  12. Woods isn’t going anywhere. He was born and raised in Gardena, was a star at USC, and has played well with the Rams. You don’t stick your finger in the eye of the community to roll the dice with someone like OBJ.
    The Rams are smart enough to know that. With the drama OBJ brings, I think keeping Woods in place is a no brainer.

  13. >Looking at Lynch’s draft history, they should definitely trade their first for OBJ.

    Mike McGlinchey was one of the best right tackles in football as a rookie. George Kittle is already a top TE in the league and Fred Warner looks like a future stud at ILB. You’re right, Lynch is awful.

  14. charliecharger says:

    February 18, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    This guy will spend more time in the training room than on the field. I hope he doesn’t end up in S.F. He seems like more of a Washington Redskins kind of player. A mistake. I mean, who needs to bring in problem children? I love the kid they drafted in the 2nd round out of Washington, Dante Pettis. Let’s see what happens with Jimmy G. before pressing the panic button. Kyle Shanahan is one of the best offensive coaches in the NFL. If I were the 49ers, I’d spend my money on defense. Just spend wisely. The Giants wouldn’t make Beckham available if he was worth the trouble.
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    Obj isn’t worth trouble to a team rebuilding like the giants but for a contending team he is well worth potential trouble. Shanahan is also only 10-22 as a head coach so a struggling season and he likely is out of a job.

  15. “they could (in theory) dangle someone like receiver Robert Woods to the Giants as part of the package.”

    2018 Stats
    Robert Woods – 16 games, 130 targets, 86 receptions, 1219 yards, 14.2 ypc, 6 TDs
    OBJ – 12 games, 124 targets, 77 receptions, 1052 yards, 13.7 ypc, 6 TDs

    Doesn’t look like they’d gain very much by such a trade. Keep the 1st rounder and Woods would be better for the Rams

  16. Shanahan is a well-respected offensive mind, and I’m sorry he left Cleveland. His leaving Cleveland was because he had differences with HC Pettine and especially with GM Farmer. Therefore, I consider Shanny a man of principal. That’s why I don’t think he will succumb to trading for OBJ. Shanahan likes order. OBJ represents turmoil.

    I wish Cleveland would grab Antonio Brown from the Stelers.

  17. This is just the Niners applying pressure to Pit for Brown. Everyone knows that is going to happen, its just how much. Public negotiations in progress.

  18. Hey charliecharger. You should be more worried about your team. Last i checked your owner is a bum. You couldn’t pull off a win against the pats which on paper san dog had a better team. Squandered rivers career with no o-line. Sounds like tour in the same boat as the redskins

  19. The Giants have committed approximately $20MM per year to OBJ – they now have buyers remorse because that type of money for a WR doesn’t fit well into the salary cap. The 2019 cap is estimated at $180MM, which means OBJ (with a cap hit of $21MM in 2019) represents almost 12% of the entire teams salary cap. The 49ers already have a 2019 cap hit for J. Garoppolo of $19.35MM for 2019, so if they trade for OBJ they would have 22.4%, almost a 5th of their entire cap space, tied up in just two players. That would be a craze amount to give to an injured QB and a head case WR, with a huge need for defensive help.

  20. OBJ should demand a trade to the Patriots if he wants to prove he is committed to exonerating himself from accusations of character defects. Plus he knows he will have a short field, so to speak, to a Super Bowl appearance. Assuming that’s one of his goals. You never can take that for granted with NFL players. Some are happy just to make money and to do without the extra burden of a postseason. Some are just accustomed to having the microphone and know they don’t need to reach Super Bowl media week to get that attention. Some are tied to a certain city or to any big market. You’d never find them in Buffalo or Minnesota no matter how talented those teams are. I happen to think OBJ couldn’t care less if he makes the playoffs.

  21. The Giants have lost their way. They need to remember what they, along with the Patriots, have taught the rest of the league. You don’t win Super Bowls with Megatron-like wide receivers. You win with defense and with grind-it-out kind of guys like Julian Edelman and James White.

  22. There’s only been one time ever that taking on some other team’s headache wide receiver has worked out and that was Randy Moss to the Patriots.

  23. Are you 9er fan crazy? Why would you want that hot mess drama? Him or AB will not win you a ring. They will only divide a locker room and bring unwanted drama to your team. Stick with the draft and maybe sign Golden Tate (who I would hate to lose but…) Tate is a hard working team first guy and ya, he’s pretty good too..

  24. I’d rather they go after AJ Green for a third. Less drama. Better mentoring type of veteran. Skill is on par, it’s the intangibles in green I’d rather have on the team, and for a lot less draft capital.

  25. Neither Brown nor OBJ will fetch a top 40 pick. The idea of either costing the #2 overall pick is quite simply laughable

  26. They also reported on this very site last season that Gettleman was seeking at least two #1 picks for OBJ.

    Now it’s something different.

    What to believe ?

    Probably neither and that any story of the NYG looking to trade OBJ is just to make headlines.

    Reality is the NYG have no other WR of that quality on the roster. And have shown little ability to fill OBJ’s shoes when he is out of the game.

    He isn’t getting traded unless someone is willing to way overpay.

  27. Arizona should offer to swap first round picks w/ the NYG & ask for a later round pick as well, say a 4th. Arizona gets OBJ, gets to move to 6 where OT Jonah Williams makes much more sense & an extra 4th. That trade makes a lot of sense for NY, they differences in value between the 1st & 6th pick is the equivalent of a mid 1st round pick, which is OBJ’s value. And at #1 overall NY can select their QB of the future be it Haskins or Murray.

  28. Giants and Steelers should try swapping headcases. Maybe one or both teams get lucky and it works out, if not just rinse and repeat.

  29. I still don’t understand why the Giants pad him all that money. Everyone knows he’s always going to be a handful to deal with.

  30. why, Jimmy G ripped his knee to pieces, how many games has he actually played in his career? 16 maybe. Who’s going to throw it to OBJ?

  31. Washington gave up two 1sts and a 2nd to move from 6 to 2 to draft RGIII. Eagles traded. Eagles if I remember right gave up a first and two thirds to move from 8 to 2 to get Wentz. Following those as guidance, I think the Giants would be happy to get a 1st and two 3rds for OBJ, and thus him plus the #6 pick to move up to #2 to get Haskins sounds about right (if they want him).

  32. I’ve said it a million times…one player alone can not turn a failing team in to a winner, but that all changed when I watched the Browns go from complete losers to winners simply by adding Baker Mayfield…

  33. gadgetking2010 says:
    February 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm
    Steelers would take the #36 pick for AB, who is better and cheaper – and signed for 3 more years.

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    The thing is that being signed means so little to AB that teams cant consider it to be meaningful either.

  34. Bad teams need stars to keep their fan base interested. OBJ won’t be traded because he is too popular, especially with kids. As I Giants’s fan, if we could get a significant haul for him, I’d trade him. He’s the most talented Offensive player we’ve ever had, but the fact is that you don’t win Super Bowls with over-priced receivers. Until he proves he can catch a ball in the playoffs, he’s expendable. However, bad teams need highlight reel catches and right now, we are a bad team.

  35. Giants will only trade Beckham if they get an offer that blows them out of the water. The #2 pick for Beckham and a 3rd is not such an offer. Just stop it already.

  36. Pass rusher FIRST! The Patriot have shown time a d again that you don’t need to draft a WR in the first round, nor trade high picks to find effective talent.

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