John Lynch confirms 49ers interest in OBJ, lack of interest in Antonio Brown

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As the 2018 season ended, some believed that the 49ers would make a run at Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. And indeed they did.

Appearing on KNBR (via Matt Barrows of TheAthletic.com), 49ers G.M. John Lynch confirmed that the Giants wanted the second overall pick in the draft, and that the 49ers refused to part with it.

“I think, ironically, the fact that we had the No. 2 pick made it more difficult because they wanted that badly,” Lynch said. “They wanted two No. 1s. And we weren’t willing to part with that. It was too valuable of a pick.”

Lynch’s comments are interesting, and they may not be fully appreciated by the Browns. Given that Beckham didn’t launch a power play to get to Cleveland, he could eventually decide to dictate terms like former Steelers receiver Antonio Brown did, and Beckham now knows that the powers-that-be in San Francisco are interested.

The Raiders will have no similar concerns about Brown, who they acquired from Pittsburgh. Even though Antonio Brown apparently wanted to play for the 49ers, the 49ers didn’t want Brown.

“We took a quick look and then we just said, ‘Hey, we’re not interested in that for our team,'” Lynch said. “That’s where we are. I think we feel pretty good about our receiving corps. I know a lot of people don’t share our sentiments.”

People don’t share their sentiments in part because they tried to get Beckham. If Brown becomes a star on the other side of the Bay, those who don’t share their sentiments will grow in number and volume.

49 responses to “John Lynch confirms 49ers interest in OBJ, lack of interest in Antonio Brown

  1. Yeah, it could be that 49ers G.M. John Lynch has yet to learn the art of talking without saying anything. Not sure what the upside is to admit their OBJ position, especially after the fact. Weird.

  2. The Raiders will have no similar concerns about Brown, who they acquired from Pittsburgh.

    Really, when they still stink after a few seasons you think he won’t want out?

  3. The 49ers would have been fools to give the second pick for OBJ.

    John does need to keep his mouth shut, though. As fans it’s awesome to hear inside details but in terms of business it’s probably best to keep quiet.

  4. I would most definitely not have given up the #2 overall pick for OBJ, much less TWO #1’s. In fact, he would likely have been almost as much of a loose cannon as Brown. You can’t always get what you want, and the 49ers should be glad they didn’t.

  5. The Niners WR corp is a dumpster fire, and I’m a fan of the Niners. Even if rookie Julio Jones were available, it’d only help so much because there is a big learning curve for rookie Wide Receivers. They needed a veteran inserted to that lineup immediately, and they failed.

    If the asking price for Beckham was too substantial, they should have realized that earlier, and made a play on Brown.

  6. frodoftw7 says:
    March 29, 2019 at 12:47 pm
    Since joining Oakland, brown has done almost everything right and then some. Sure he’s a diva, but he’s been really cool also.
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    Like being late to his first press conference and taking shots at his old teammates on social media instead of focusing on his new team?

  7. The sad part is, we’re going to compare OBJ and AB next year, and it’s pretty unfair. OBJ has Mayfield, a rising star, throwing to him. AB is going to have a black hole throwing to him. If their stats are even comparable at the end of the year, AB wins. But OBJ wins in the long game for sure, he’s younger and on a team ready to make a jump.

  8. For those who think Brown does everything right just wait until the QB doesn’t target him often enough in any 1 game cause those stats are important to him.

  9. frodoftw7 says:
    March 29, 2019 at 12:47 pm
    Since joining Oakland, brown has done almost everything right and then some. Sure he’s a diva, but he’s been really cool also.

    Lol, you won’t have to wait long. As soon as training camp begins you will see the full diva mode.

    I don’t know how he will make his appearence this year. My guess is in a parachute skydiving or maybe in a yacht with gray hair.

  10. They refuse to overpay for a player, even one whom they admire. If you look at the new contracts, you’ll see a splashy total value, but easy team outs every year thereafter. They will not overpay (except in year one) and become chained to a guy for years. They signed several high value free agents, but *still* have 38M in cap space. This team has a strategy and is sticking to it. Bravo.

  11. Brown doesn’t have Big Ben anymore but Carr now. I can hear the talk in Oakland in a year or two. How come he’s not putting up the same numbers as he was in Pittsburgh?

  12. There was NOTHING that came out of AB’s or his agents mouth saying they ever wanted to play for the 49’ers, ever. He always wanted to play for the Raiders due to his friendship with DC.

    “Even though Antonio Brown apparently wanted to play for the 49ers, the 49ers didn’t want Brown.”

  13. Antonio Brown is every bit as good as OBJ, if not better. Everyone knocking him is crazy. He’s never been in trouble with the law. He made a stupid Facebook Live video and got mad at the coach and QB, who is a jerk. He didn’t make a video eating pizza with white powder on the bed, like OBJ.

  14. frodoftw7 says:
    March 29, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Since joining Oakland, brown has done almost everything right and then some. Sure he’s a diva, but he’s been really cool also.

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    I’m trying to figure out if you were joking or not.
    If not, please explain what exactly he’s “done”?
    It’s still the off-season. All he has done is Tweet some weird things.
    Not sure how being “really cool” is anything that helps a football team?

  15. AB was accused but not charged or arrested for domestic abuse. That raises a red flag because Frisco habitually releases players if they are ever accused of that sort of crime. OBJ is definitely not worth the second overall pick. Frisco needs help on defense (CB, safety, and pass rusher) and perhaps the OL more than they need help at WR.

  16. I think the problem was they took a “quick look” and not a thorough look. Who wouldn’t want a talented WR with Antonio Brown’s work ethic, desire, and intensity to be great as part of their team?

    It’s a good thing that when Deion Sanders wanted to be a 49ers in 1994 the 49ers didn’t just take a “quick look.” We might not have a 5th Lombardi.

  17. I’m soooo glad the Niners passed on both of these me me me first clowns. Who needs thae drama? The 2019 draft is deep at WR if SF chooses to go that way with pick 36 and they already have Pettis, Goodwin, and Jordan Matthews to build around. Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor are recent draftees who are on the rise. And let’s not forget a top 5 tight end George Kittle and a healthy Jet McKinnon coming back off injury.

    Many options for Kyle and Jimmy to utilize.

    As far as Lynch popping off…. I agree, just shut up and do your job, which is make sure you nail the draft

  18. Teams with good players good coaches and good locker rooms win Championships. The Raiders and Browns won’t be winning Championships anytime soon with these 2 Locker room Cancers dividing their Locker Rooms. Sure your excited about your new toy now…you will soon be looking to unload these Divas.

  19. “We took a quick look and then we just said, ‘Hey, we’re not interested in that for our team,’” Lynch said (referring to AB).
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    So, how does that feel AB????? Lol!!

  20. John Lynch has been part of SB winning teams as a player and is well aware of the chemistry factor needed to achieve that level of success. Neither AB nor OBJ possess the humility to realize that aspect of their position, or teams.

  21. Regarding AB:

    “We took a quick look and then we just said, ‘Hey, we’re not interested in that for our team,’”

    “That” Wow! Not even “we’re not interested in him” but not interested in THAT.

  22. Lynch is a tool that’s in way over his head. You don’t make a run at Brown arguably a top three receiver in the game and you way over pay for an injured linebacker in Alexander. Funny stuff!

  23. golfore says:
    March 29, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    Lynch is a tool that’s in way over his head. You don’t make a run at Brown arguably a top three receiver in the game and you way over pay for an injured linebacker in Alexander. Funny stuff..
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    I have to agree. I’m a John Lynch fan, but if I were to look at this objectively and void of emotion I would have to say that any NFL front office Exec who takes a “quick look” at a hall of fame WR who’s interested in joining your club and arrive at a decision of “no” based on a “quick look” is not qualified to hold their position as a person who makes personnel decisions.

    Before I write adding a hall of fame WR to my roster off I am talking with his high school, college, and position coaches, former
    teammates, I’m talking with mentors like Tony Dungy, Belichick, Mike Shanahan, etc before I say no. Wouldn’t be a quick look.

    Making quick judgements is what average thinkers do. Great, paradigm shifting thinkers look beyond the surface.

  24. Jimmy G is going to be a great QB. The 49ers are lucky they are set there for the next 10-15 years. Now it’s just a matter of getting him more targets. Mckinnon will also turn heads in this offense.

    This is going to be the surprise wild card team. mark it down.

  25. 23 5 Rate This
    billswillnevermove says:
    March 29, 2019 at 4:36 pm
    Brown wiil be crying with that 25 million pet year bust QB throwing to him, see how he likes down field two yard passes. Carr stinks.
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    Josh Allen….lol

  26. Dennis Carson says:
    March 29, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    Antonio Brown is every bit as good as OBJ, if not better. Everyone knocking him is crazy. He’s never been in trouble with the law. He made a stupid Facebook Live video and got mad at the coach and QB, who is a jerk. He didn’t make a video eating pizza with white powder on the bed, like OBJ.
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    You’re forgetting about the ‘furniture thrown off the balcony’ & domestic violence incidents that he still may be suspended for.

  27. originalsteelcurtain says:
    March 29, 2019 at 3:22 pm
    Teams with good players good coaches and good locker rooms win Championships. The Raiders and Browns won’t be winning Championships anytime soon with these 2 Locker room Cancers dividing their Locker Rooms. Sure your excited about your new toy now…you will soon be looking to unload these Divas.

    The rest of us are trying to figure out which of these 3 you think you have in Pittsburgh? Good players? A declining QB, and a double covered JuJu…hmmm. Coach? Lol. Locker room? Well, the best I can say is it just got better, so maybe that’s it?

  28. Haywood J Moderated says:
    March 29, 2019 at 3:54 pm
    John Lynch has been part of SB winning teams as a player and is well aware of the chemistry factor needed to achieve that level of success. Neither AB nor OBJ possess the humility to realize that aspect of their position, or teams.
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    That’s what the Lions said when they hired Matt Millen. Millen won super bowls with Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Raiders, Washington Redskins, and San Francisco 49ers. There are some HOF GM’s that never played a down in the NFL.

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