Move over, Los Angeles Rams. It appears as though the San Francisco 49ers are also interested in New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
In the latest NFL sweepstakes that’s not really a true and official sweepstake, the San Francisco 49ers have now inserted themselves into the OBJ rumored trade discussion, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Very much in the same proactive mode as the Rams, trying to build a top offense around a young play-calling head coach. I continue to hear San Francisco is monitoring this thing closely, has real interest, and this could shape up as a very interested NFC West arms race.
Of course, Beckham isn’t necessarily on the block. In fact, owner John Mara has reiterated the narrative that his star receiver isn’t on the trade block. It hasn’t stopped the discussion.
This offseason has been a tumultuous one for the electric one. He and the Jints suffered when the now infamous pizza, coke and brown cigarette video came out. OBJ and his camp are also dealing with a lawsuit revolving around a violent incident.
Couple the distractions with the fact Beckham Jr. is playing out the final year of his rookie deal and the recipe for a possible trade is apparent. Even new general manager Dave Gettleman plays into it as the old-school mind has no issues in parting ways with flashy yet disruptive talent (see Josh Norman via Carolina).
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Giants are seeking a king’s ransom in return for Beckham even though they aren’t actively shopping him. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that any conversations would have to begin with two first-round picks coming back in return for Beckham.
Reports have surfaced that Beckham Jr. has told at least two Rams players “he’s in” as it relates to moving to the west coast. Perhaps he’d also be in when it comes to the Bay Area.
It feels like a splendid fit. Young Jimmy Garoppolo is there for the long haul and is in serious need of a game-changing No. 1 wide receiver. With the Rams as the top dogs and Seattle retooling a bit, now may be the time for John Lynch‘s Niners to make a move.