Here we go again. In what has become an annual occurrence for the past few offseasons, there are rumors floating around again that Odell Beckham Jr is on the trade block and that Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers are interested.
Kyle Posey did a nice write up on the newest rumors yesterday, if you missed it you can check it out here, there’s also a poll included for those that want to voice their opinion.
Let me start off by extending an olive branch to those that feel like the 49ers should trade for OBJ. I get it. Odell entered the league like a man possessed, putting up an eye popping line of 91 receptions for 1305 yards and 12 TDs in just twelve games.
He followed that up with 96/1450/13 in 2015, and 101/1367/10 in 2016. No question he was on a historic pace after those first three years. But as Joe Cooper once said in the cinematic classic Baseketball, “that - was a long time ago.”
It’s 2020. We are four years removed from that classic stretch and since then it’s been a plate full of mediocrity. Over the past three seasons, OBJ has averaged under 10 starts per season, 58 receptions, 796 yards, and 4 TDs.
Now some would be happy to point out that OBJ had a thousand yard season last year - and he did - barely. But that isn’t really the gold standard for elite wide receivers anymore. In fact, his 1,035 yards were 26th in the league in 2019, behind names like John Brown, Michael Gallup, Tyler Lockett, and Tyler Boyd. Anyone feel like trading a 1st or 2nd round pick for one of those guys? Of course not.
He’s also dealt with numerous nagging injuries, and frankly since signing his huge contract with the Giants in August of 2017 hasn’t shown the same drive or commitment that he did in his first three seasons.
And finally, there is attitude. This is a tough one, because obviously none of us know the man personally, and - at least publicly - he’s never really been directly accused by teammates of being a bad person, actually just the opposite, he seems to be well liked by a number of his teammates.
But if attitude isn’t an issue, then why did the Giants unload him just seven months after signing him to a lucrative contract - taking $16 million cap hit in the process? And why are the Browns looking to deal him after one year on the team, which would result in a $15 mil cap hit?
I don’t know. But it’s not a coincidence. It can’t be. Both of those teams are in the process of rebuilding - both their rosters and their culture - and yet both have determined that OBJ’s benefit to the roster isn’t enough to justify the damage that he does to the culture.
And if Dave Gettleman and the Giants don’t want him, and Freddie Kitchens and the Browns don’t want him...
.. then I don’t want him either.
And now, onto those links!:
Five Players the 49ers Could Consider With Pick No. 13 (Nicholas Cothrel, SI.com)
49ers’ roster moves guarantee at least one new offensive line starter (Matt Maiocco, NBC Sports)
2020 NFL Draft: 49ers need Justin Jefferson to pair with Deebo Samuel (Jeremy Wohlfart, Niner Noise)
Daniel Brunskill signs one-year tender with 49ers (Charean Williams, NBC Sports)
Details on Shon Coleman’s one-year contract with 49ers emerge (David Bonilla, 49ers WebZone)
49ers Should Offer No. 31 Pick to Browns for Odell Beckham Jr. (Jose Luis Sanchez III, SI.com)
NFL Draft 2020: Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb both great options for 49ers (Josh Schrock, NBC Sports)
Emmanuel Sanders not closing the door on 49ers, but says ‘it would be fun’ to play in Texas (David Bonilla, 49ers WebZone)
49ers Rumors: Breaking Down Latest Buzz on Emmanuel Sanders, Matt Breida, More (Joe Tansey, Bleacher Report)