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John Lynch frustrated by drops, but won't panic about 49ers' wideouts

John Lynch frustrated by drops, but won't panic about 49ers' wideouts

It’s no secret that the 49ers had some problems completing passes in Monday night’s 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. 

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo took the majority of the heat for the subpar effort, but the film indicates more than a handful of drops by his wide receivers.

49ers general manager John Lynch recognizes that his group had a rough go of it against the Seahawks, but isn’t panicked about his young wideouts.

"We do have belief in this group,” Lynch said on KNBR's "Tolbert, Krueger, and Brooks" show Thursday afternoon. “They had a rough night the other night. We expect them to catch the football better, and I think we left over 100 yards in drops out there."

Emmanuel Sanders leaving the game early with a rib injury didn’t help matters, as Garoppolo’s top target over the last few weeks left a significant void in a passing game that was already down All-Pro tight end George Kittle.

That being said, Lynch isn't in a rush to go outside the organization to find another healthy pass-catcher.

"We'll always look to try to improve ourselves," Lynch said. "I mean, a lot of that has come and gone. The trade deadline has passed. There is another avenue of looking at other people's practice squads.

"Emmanuel was a little bit of a unique situation in that he's such a veteran, and he was playing in a very similar offense. Coming in mid-stream, and doing that is difficult."

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For now, the 49ers passing game must rally together and look to improve with the Arizona Cardinals -- who nearly took San Francisco down in a Week 9 showdown on "Thursday Night Football" -- riding into Levi’s Stadium.

NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. wants to leave Browns after one season

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NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. wants to leave Browns after one season

The Odell Beckham Jr. era in Cleveland reportedly could be over after just one season.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday that the Browns receiver, who the 49ers pursued this offseason, wants out of Ohio. 

"[Throughout] this year, Odell Beckham has actually told other players and coaches before games, during games, 'Hey, come get me. Come get me out of here,'" Glazer said Sunday on "FOX NFL Sunday." "Remember: It was not Odell's choice to go to the Cleveland Browns. He got traded there. There now also is reports he needs sports hernia surgery. I've gotta say, I don't see that relationship ending well for them after this year."

The Browns acquired Beckham in a blockbuster trade with the New York Giants this offseason, but things have not gone according to plan in Cleveland. Beckham as 57 catches for 805 yards and just two touchdowns this season, and Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot cited multiple sources describing the Browns' offense as "dysfunctional." 

As Glazer noted, Beckham reportedly is playing through a sports hernia. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Beckham will need surgery and he has mostly been limited in practices. 

Beckham remains under contract through 2024, after signing a massive extension with the Giants last August. His demand rather than his team's motivation to move him would drive a potential trade this offseason, and it's fair to wonder if changing circumstances on the 49ers' part would affect their interest. 

Defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, tight end George Kittle and breakout defensive end Arik Armstead are all eligible to sign contract extensions this season. Armstead can become a free agent this offseason, while Kittle and Buckner can do the same in 2021. Whether or not the 49ers retain Armstead, it could prove difficult to bring in Beckham given San Francisco's existing salary commitments.

Over The Cap lists the 49ers as having just over $16 million in salary-cap room heading into the offseason. Parting ways with players such as injured running back Jerick McKinnon could free up space, but Beckham will carry a cap hit of at least $14.25 million in each of the next four seasons. It's also hard to envision Beckham wanting to restructure his deal after being surpassed by Julio Jones as the NFL's highest-paid receiver.

[RELATED: 49ers' Kittle on pace for best tight end season of PFF era]

The financial concerns are real, but a down season in a historically downtrodden organization shouldn't be what dissuades the 49ers from pursuing Beckham if he is made available or demands a trade. Kyle Shanahan's offense can't exactly be described as "dysfunctional." 

Beckham tweeted Friday that he didn't say he was unhappy in Cleveland, but that he is "hopeful for better results." Whether that hope takes him elsewhere will be a storyline to monitor all offseason. 

49ers center Weston Richburg carted off field in Week 14 vs. Saints

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49ers center Weston Richburg carted off field in Week 14 vs. Saints

The 49ers lost a key to their offensive line with just over 10 minutes left in the third quarter Sunday against the Saints in New Orleans. 

Center Weston Richburg was carted off the field with an injury to his right knee and ankle. Richburg's right leg got caught on guard Mike Person's left leg, causing the center's leg to awkwardly bend as he went to the ground. 

San Francisco officially ruled Richburg out for the game.

[RELATED: 49ers' Ford aggravates hamstring, ruled out vs. Saints]

The 49ers had 339 total yards to the Saints' 265 at the time of Richburg's injury, but they trailed 30-28. Ben Garland took over for Richburg, and the 49ers immediately scored a touchdown on their first drive without their starting center. 

The 49ers signed Richburg to a five-year contract in March 2018.