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The New York Giants brass has long maintained that “no one is untouchable” from a trade, including star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. That has not seemingly changed.
They may have a suitor. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, “the 49ers have had real interest in Beckham for nearly a year; the only question is whether the Giants are willing to pull the trigger.”
Beckham Jr. just wrapped up another stellar season, posting 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games played in 2018. He has averaged 92.8 receiving yards per game in five NFL seasons. Beckham Jr. is under contract through the 2023 season with a potential out after 2020.
Throngs of 49ers fans have called for the team to make plays for either Beckham Jr. or Antonio Brown, who just reached an agreement with the Pittsburgh Steelers that the best of course of action is to trade him. From the 49ers’ perspective, Brown’s and Beckham Jr.’s situations are different.
Brown wants to be traded, and Steelers will look to shop him. He has long courted current and former 49ers players, underscoring his interest in joining the team. But the 49ers haven’t had a reported interest in acquiring the 31-year-old. While they reportedly covet Beckham Jr., the Giants aren’t as eager to part ways with the 26-year-old receiver.
The 49ers could use a dynamic receiver. Last year, Kendrick Bourne led all 49ers wide receivers with 487 yards. The team parted ways with Pierre Garcon last week.