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ESPN’s Pat McManamon and Jordan Raanan reported over the weekend that the 49ers were stunned and dismayed when the New York Giants traded Beckham, one of the NFL’s top-five receivers, to Cleveland last month.
Niners general manager John Lynch and his Giants counterpart, Dave Gettleman, had been talking about a possible trade for Beckham for weeks. Obviously, the possibility of Beckham teamed up with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, back from a torn ACL, appealed to the Niners.
As Lynch later told KNBR:
“On Odell we were very much in that, we had been in it. I think ironically the fact that we had the number two [overall pick in next month’s NFL Draft] made it more difficult because they wanted that badly.
“They wanted two number ones and we weren’t willing to part with that, that’s too valuable of a pick, even for a player of his magnitude. So we tried to come up with creative different ways to get it done and it didn’t work out so you move on.”
But while the Niners wouldn’t give up their first-round pick, according to ESPN they were willing swap it for the Giant’s first-rounder, the sixth-overall pick. Sweetening the offer to the Giants’ satisfaction seemed doable.
Instead, Cleveland offered a 17th pick, 95th pick and safety Jabrill Peppers for Beckham, and the Giants bit. New York never called the 49ers to see if they would beat the offer.
“It’s strongly believed the 49ers would have been willing to offer more for a wide receiver of Beckham’s stature, according to a league source,” McManamon and Raanan wrote.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/49ers/article/Report-Giants-49ers-Beckham-offer-13751345.php.