The Odell Beckham Jr. experiment in Cleveland hasn't gone according to plan. While the Browns (6-7) are on the outside looking in at the playoff picture, the star receiver isn't having the season many expected.
Through 13 games, OBJ has 59 receptions on 108 targets with 844 yards receiving and only two touchdowns. He's averaging a career-low 64.9 yards per game. But his time as a Brown might be over after only one season.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday that the three-time Pro Bowl receiver wants out of Cleveland.
"[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 49ers pursued a trade for OBJ this past offseason, and it sounds like he sure wishes he was sent to the Bay Area instead of the Dawg Pound. Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported Monday that Beckham coveted a move to the 49ers or Rams if he were to be traded by the Giants.
Sources also told Robinson that Beckham highly respects 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, and has formed a bond with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
“He talks to Jimmy on and off the field,” one source told Robinson. “They have a friendship that is more than just saying hello before or after [a game]. There’s a lot of mutual respect there as football players and people -- which is important [to Beckham].”
Beckham was seen telling Jimmy G "I'll come here" after the 49ers beat the Browns, 31-3, on Oct. 7 in Santa Clara.
The Browns haven't shown any indication they plan to move Beckham, who is signed through the 2023 season. To go along with his $90 million contract, it would be quite the reach for the 49ers to add the playmaker. San Francisco has its own players in need of contracts.
Defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, tight end George Kittle and breakout defensive end Arik Armstead all are 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. Over The Cap lists the 49ers as having just over $16 million in salary-cap room heading into the offseason, and Beckham will carry a cap hit of at least $14.25 million in each of the next four seasons.
The 49ers also don't have much draft capital after multiple trades. This upcoming April, San Francisco will be without a pick in the second, third and fourth rounds.
Beckham fits the bill as the perfect game-changing receiver the 49ers desperately want for Garoppolo. They already have a star tight end in Kittle, and the mid-season trade for veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders has paid off in huge ways. But Sanders, 32, will be a free agent this upcoming offseason.
While Shanahan and general manager John Lynch clearly would love to see one-handed catches from OBJ at Levi's Stadium, making a deal won't be easy. One can still dream, though.