The New York Giants reportedly wanted the second overall pick from the San Francisco 49ers for Odell Beckham Jr.
The New York Giants decision to trade Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns sent shockwaves through the organization and the fan base. The trade, which came with reports that he was a pain for the organization, netted safety Jabrill Peppers, the 17th overall pick, and a third-round pick.
Many fans were sad to see the receiver traded, as were teammates including running back Saquon Barkley. A common bone of contention for fans was the feeling that the team should have landed more for a young game-changer, and many felt that the San Francisco 49ers would be a better trade partner.
San Francisco general manager John Lynch confirmed on “Murph and Mack,” a show on radio station KNBR, that he and Dave Gettleman did discuss a trade but that he was unwilling to meet the Giants price of the second overall pick (9:10).
The team reportedly favored the Browns offer because they were interested in acquiring draft capital, and making the deal with the Browns didn’t require them to surrender any picks.
Meanwhile, the 49ers were reportedly only willing to deal the second pick if the sixth pick was sent their way, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
To add to this, word was the Niners would’ve been amenable to moving from 2 to 6 as part of a deal for Beckham. The problem was what would the rest of the compensation have been? That’s where it broke down.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 29, 2019
Had the Giants landed the second overall pick in a trade for Beckham they would be set up to ensure they could draft one of Dwayne Haskins or Kyler Murray with that pick. However, the 17th pick does not put them in a position to select either player. Although the Giants might land a quarterback with the sixth pick or use that pick to climb even higher.
Trading Beckham Jr. was always going to be unpopular in the fan base, but it would have been easier to swallow had the team gotten back a premium pick for him.