Odell Beckham Jr. is a Brown. That's still a weird sentence to type.
And what the Browns offered to Giants GM Dave Gettleman was what he calls an "offer we couldn't refuse." That offer from Cleveland was the No. 17 and 95 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, plus former first-rounder Jabrill Peppers.
The 49ers could have done better than that, right? Well, it sounds like they didn't have a chance.
NBC Sports' Peter King reported Monday morning that once the Giants received the Browns' offer, Gettleman didn't shop it to the 49ers in an attempt to up the ante from San Francisco.
John Lynch and the 49ers tried their hand at making the star wide receiver a 49er. Gettleman told reporters on Monday that the 49ers were the ones that called on an OBJ trade, not the other way around.
Gettleman affirmed the 49ers were clearly interested in trading for Beckham Jr. But everyone has their limits, including Lynch. The 49ers' GM reportedly would not part ways with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to acquire Odell.
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All in all, Beckham Jr. went from the Big Apple to The Land. He's not in the Bay Area, but Lynch and the 49ers put their hats in the ring for a star.
A lot of times for athletes, it's not up to them whether or not they want to retire -- it's up to their body. For 49ers tackle Joe Staley, it's really no different.
"I like to think that I can continue to play football for as long as they'll have me," Staley said in an interview with 95.7 The Game on Thursday. "And that's my mindset. I've never thought about when an end is going to be."
The 35-year-old signed a two-year contract extension with San Francisco in June which ultimately means he could spend the entirety of his NFL career as a member of the 49ers. And while that seems like a long time, he's still soaking up the everyday grind of his job even with the setbacks he's faced this season.
"The challenges of this season have been different than seasons past," he said. "I love the adverse situations and you kind of learn a lot about yourself -- how you respond and challenge yourself daily with different goals ... "
Staley sustained a fractured left fibula earlier in the season during the Week 2 matchup against the Bengals and with a smile tried to remain positive but admitted: "it sucks." He was emotional after the injury but said that had a lot to do with how special the team was and the guys he was surrounded by.
Still, you can't fake the passion the six-time Pro Bowler brings to his team and it appears you would have to pry the game away from his hands if you anticipate him hanging up his cleats any time soon.
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"That love for the game is still there, burning," he said.
He finished the statement saying he doesn't have an honest answer as to just how much football is left in his body, but it's not something he's concentrating on at the moment.
SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers' defense has been hit hard with injuries, but it’s not quite as bad looking forward as you might think.
Coach Kyle Shanahan announced that six defensive players have been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup with the Falcons. Rumors have been swirling about the timeframe for a few of those players, most notably pass rusher Dee Ford and cornerback Richard Sherman.
“I can play in this game if we had to have it,” Sherman said. “Kyle and them are more cautious than I am. I’d play in this game if they weren’t putting the governor on me, but you know, you got to listen to the coaching staff and training staff.
“I told them I just needed a couple of days. And I needed a couple of days, and I feel great today. I ran 19, 20 miles an hour today. That’s all you really need to play.”
Ford implied on Friday the same type of positive outlook as Sherman after Shanahan was less than optimistic about his return during the regular season. Ford hopes to be back in action by Week 17.
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Nose tackle D.J. Jones is on the list even though he officially will be placed on injured reserve, with Kentavius Street taking his roster spot. The team has until 1 p.m. PT on Saturday to make the move.
Here is the full status report for Falcons vs. 49ers:
NT D.J. Jones (ankle)
DL Dee Ford (hamstring)
CB Richard Sherman (hamstring)
DB K’Waun Williams (concussion)
S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
DL Jullian Taylor (elbow)
DE Allen Bailey (not injury related)
G James Carpenter (concussion)
T Ty Sambrailo (hamstring)
CB Isaiah Oliver (shoulder)