49ers Rumors: SF Was Engaged in Odell Beckham Trade Talks; No. 2 Pick Discussed

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 25: Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants looks on prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 25, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers inquired about Odell Beckham Jr. before the New York Giants traded the star wideout to the Cleveland Browns earlier this week, according to Jay Glazer of The Athletic.

Glazer noted New York wanted San Francisco to include the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft in a trade package, but the 49ers were not interested.

Fox Sports 1's Colin Cowherd reported on Tuesday that San Francisco was one of Beckham's preferred destinations:

Herd w/Colin Cowherd @TheHerd

"There's two teams that Odell Beckham Jr. would prefer to play with: Rams and 49ers... Jimmy Garoppolo with Odell Beckham would be one of most fascinating combos in the NFL." — @ColinCowherd https://t.co/Kitm1UmuWv

The Giants ultimately sent Beckham and defensive end Olivier Vernon to the Browns, though, in exchange for right guard Kevin Zeitler, safety Jabrill Peppers, a 2019 first-round pick (17th overall) and a 2019 third-rounder (95th overall).

The trade came less than one year after Beckham signed a record-setting five-year, $95 million extension with New York. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said multiple times that the team didn't sign the receiver to trade him, but the Browns' offer was enough to change his mind.

Beckham has four 1,000-yard campaigns in his first five years in the league—the lone exception an injury-shortened 2017. He's coming off a season in which he hauled in 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns.

In other words, the three-time Pro Bowler would have provided a much-needed boost to an underwhelming 49ers receiving corps.

Beckham had more catches and receiving yards than San Francisco's top two wide receivers combined last year despite appearing in only 12 games. Kendrick Bourne led all Niners wideouts with 42 catches and 487 yards in 2018, while rookie Dante Pettis had 27 receptions for 467 yards.