According to Bart Scott, who was on ESPN radio Wednesday, Odell Beckham Jr. is on the trading block, and “it’s real right now.” Adam Lefkoe from Bleacher report on his podcast with Connor Rogers on Thursday talked about how San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has been chasing Beckham Jr. for years. The two discussed this time last year when Beckham Jr. was on the trade block that the team that wanted OBJ the most and offered the most were the 49ers.
“Kyle Shannahan is obsessed with Odell Beckham with his offense, and he offered the most. [New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman] did not want to move Odell to the Niners for two reasons. He didn’t want him within the conference, so he wouldn’t trade him within the NFC, which is why he went to the Browns. No. 2, he knew Odell would be so successful with Kyle Shanahan, that the trade would make him look very, very bad, so he would not move him to the Niners.”
I’m not sure if the 49ers are in on Beckham Jr., but Shanahan has been chasing him for years, so it’s naive to think the Niners aren’t sniffing around. I think most 49ers fans are split on this. Half think OBJ is a locker room cancer and not worth it. The other half is siding with his talent and believe Shanahan can maximize OBJ. I think it’s unfair to call him a “locker room cancer” because Beckham Jr. had, not has, had, emotional outbreaks with the Giants. You didn’t really see that with the Browns. There were tantrums here and there, but that’s no different than Stefon Diggs, or the majority of star receivers out there.
Beckham Jr. signed a five-year, $90 million contract extension in 2018. The 49ers would have OBJ under contract through 2023. As it stands, his cap number would be $14.2 for 2020, $15.7 million the next season, and $15 million in the next two years. The 49ers are at about $12-$13 million in cap space right now. That’s a rough estimate after the recent signings. You set aside at least $7 million every season to pay for your draft class. Then you also have to look ahead to the future for extensions. George Kittle will likely be extended in the coming months. That’ll likely open up some space, for now. If the 49ers move on from Marquise Goodwin and Tevin Coleman, they can clear about $8.4 million in cap space, which should be enough to make Beckham Jr. fit under the cap for 2020. With the salary cap set to spike over the coming years, they shouldn’t have an issue moving forward.
As we mentioned with Darius Slay, the 49ers are the ones with leverage here. If Cleveland doesn’t like what John Lynch has to offer, then San Francisco can hang up the phone. OBJ is 27, but in this situation, I’m still not giving up a first-round pick for him. Not for someone who is unhappy and has been unhappy the entire time. My proposal would look like a 2021 second and fourth-round pick, Goodwin, for Beckham Jr. If you don’t like that, it was nice doing business with you, Brownies.
Would you make the trade?
Would you trade for OBJ?
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Yes, as long as there is no first-round pick involved