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John Lynch reveals details of 49ers' Odell Beckham Jr. trade talks

John Lynch reveals details of 49ers' Odell Beckham Jr. trade talks

It's been well established that the 49ers were interested in acquiring Odell Beckham Jr.

CEO Jed York told reporters at the NFL owners meeting this week that the 49ers were "aggressive" in talks for the star wide receiver, but they never really got close. 

Rumors have trickled out that the New York Giants asked the 49ers for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, something San Francisco was unwilling to part with for good reason.

49ers general manager John Lynch went on KNBR on Friday morning, and explained why having the No. 2 pick actually put the team at a disadvantage during the Beckham talks. 

"I think, ironically, the fact that we had the No. 2 pick made it more difficult because they wanted that badly," Lynch said. "They wanted two No. 1s. And we weren't willing to part with that. It was too valuable of a pick."

The Giants ended up dealing Beckham to the Cleveland Browns for the No. 17 overall pick, safety Jabril Peppers and a third-round choice.

Beckham is one of the most talented wide receivers in football, and certainly would have been worth giving up the No. 2 pick for if the 49ers were able to get the Giants to give them the No. 6 pick in return -- something NFL Media's Mike Garafalo believes Lynch was amenable to and New York was not.

Giving up the No. 2 pick without getting a first-rounder back would have been a tough pill to swallow, but the thought of pairing Beckham, who is 26 and on a reasonable contract as far as stars go, with Jimmy Garoppolo might have been worth it.

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As it stands now, the 49ers reportedly are considering all their options with the No. 2 overall pick, including trading it. But with Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen possibly being available, it's hard to see Lynch and Co. parting with it.

George Kittle grinds through groin injury in 49ers' big win over Rams

George Kittle grinds through groin injury in 49ers' big win over Rams

George Kittle had this game circled. Nothing was going to slow down the 49ers' star tight end, not even a groin injury he tweaked two days before a divisional showdown with the Rams in Los Angeles. 

“No chance,” Kittle said to reporters Sunday. “Like I said, this is a game I had on my calendar for a year. I haven’t liked the way we played against them the last two years. This is a ‘dub’ we needed to get.”

The 49ers earned their fifth straight 'dub' to stay undefeated at 5-0 behind a dominant defense and huge game from Kittle in a 20-7 win over the Rams. Kittle finished the day with eight receptions on eight targets for a season-high 103 receiving yards. He sent a message that no injury could stop him with an imposing 46-yard gain early in the second quarter. 

Kittle finally was dragged down by four Rams at the 6-yard line. For him, finding yards after the catch by any means is the name of the game. 

“You just find space and slash,” Kittle said. “That’s all we talk about, trying to get YAC (yards after catch). I like YAC, it’s my favorite thing out there. It was just an easy corner route, cut it a little short and just found open space.”

The third-year pro now has 338 yards receiving on the season and 185 yards after catch. As for his injury, don't expect Kittle to miss any time. 

Even against a lowly Washington team in Week 7. 

“You kidding me? Come on now,” Kittle said at that notion. 

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Kittle proved he's a star last season when he broke the single-season receiving yards record for a tight end on a four-win 49ers team. San Francisco already has surpassed that win total this year, and Kittle clearly wants more.

Twitter compares Sean McVay to Jeff Fisher after Rams' loss to 49ers

Twitter compares Sean McVay to Jeff Fisher after Rams' loss to 49ers

Things aren't going well down in Southern California.

After opening the season 3-0, the defending NFC champion Rams now have lost three straight, the latest of which was a 20-7 defeat at the hands of the 5-0 49ers on Sunday.

The Rams scored on their opening possession, but Sean McVay's offense was stymied after that. With star running back Todd Gurley out with a quadriceps injury, Jared Goff was tasked with leading the Rams to a much-needed win. But the Cal product turned in one of his worst games as professional, throwing for only 78 yards in the loss. 

With the Rams back to .500 and the offense looking inept, Twitter got the pitchforks out to drag McVay by comparing him to his predecessor Jeff Fisher.

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People might want to pump the brakes on the McVay slander. The Rams' offensive line has been atrocious this season and the 49ers were able to take advantage of that weakness and make life tough for Goff and the passing game. Gurley's absence and overall physical decline have had a massive impact on the Rams' offense, and McVay has yet to adjust. The lack of offensive innovation this season is concerning for the Rams. The 49ers sniffed out everything they were trying to do in putting together a statement win on the road against the two-time defending NFC West champions.

At 5-0, head coach Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh have the 49ers firing on all cylinders. Without both their starting tackles, the 49ers had every reason to take a shorthanded loss in Week 6. But instead, they dominated the Rams and staked their claim as the class of the NFC West.