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NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. friendly with 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo

NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. friendly with 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo

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. 

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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.

Emmanuel Sanders offers advice to 49ers playing in first Super Bowl

Emmanuel Sanders offers advice to 49ers playing in first Super Bowl

While Emmanuel Sanders is heading to his third career Super Bowl, many of his teammates on the 49ers will be playing in their first when they take on the Chiefs on Feb. 2 in Miami.

In an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson moments after the 49ers beat the Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, the veteran wide receiver explained how his mindset changed from his first Super Bowl appearance to his second, and how that will impact how he approaches Super Bowl LIV.

"It's a blessing. It's a blessing," Sanders told Anderson in the 49ers' locker room. "Truthfully, I'm going to enjoy this one, but at the same time, only thing is, we gotta go out and win it. So Miami is gonna be fun, but we gotta go and handle business.

"I remember in 2010 when I went to the Super Bowl, I said I want to make it to the Super Bowl and then we went out there and lost. And then in '15, I said I want to win the Super Bowl and we ended up winning it. Right now, my mentality is we gotta go win the Super Bowl. It's good to make it, but we gotta go win it. That's the only thing on my mind."

Sanders' first Super Bowl appearance came in his rookie season, and he caught two passes for 17 yards in the Pittsburgh Steelers' loss to the Packers in Super Bowl XLV.

Five years later, Sanders caught six passes for 83 yards to help the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium.

Now, he will try to help the team that calls Levi's home win its sixth Super Bowl in franchise history.

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So what advice would Sanders give to all the first-time Super Bowl participants on the 49ers?

"Lock in," Sanders told Anderson. "Obviously, this week is going to be big because when we get to Miami, it's going to be a frenzy, so this week, we've got to practice like it is Super Bowl week just so we can stay focused.

"Then next week still have that same mentality, but we know it's going to be crazy out there. All the times that I've been, that first week was the most important week, so that's my message to the guys, just like Kyle [Shanahan] said."

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00 p.m. Friday).

How Falcons' Super Bowl loss will help 49ers' Kyle Shanahan vs. Chiefs

How Falcons' Super Bowl loss will help 49ers' Kyle Shanahan vs. Chiefs

SANTA CLARA — As the Falcons’ offensive coordinator three years ago, Kyle Shanahan came away from his first trip to a Super Bowl having learned a few lessons. The biggest one was not that he didn’t call a run play on that fateful second-and-11 situation in the fourth quarter against the Patriots. 

Shanahan will be making his second Super Bowl appearance in less than two weeks and his previous experience has shaped the way he approaches a game forever. While there are always plays that he would like to have back, it’s a bigger lesson that left an imprint on the 49ers play caller. 

“Losing a Super Bowl is extremely tough for everybody especially when you lose when you had a 28-3 lead going into the fourth,” Shanahan said. “The learning moments are — never feel good.

“I mean that’s why I promise you when we we're way up in the fourth quarter on Green Bay and stuff, I know what 28 minus three is. And I know a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter isn’t enough.” 

While 28-3 is the score everyone remembers, the Falcons actually led 28-9 entering the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI.

That mentality hits home for Shanahan during every game, and obviously reoccurred in the 49ers' 37-20 win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. 

“So when we have a 14-point lead with eight minutes to go against Green Bay, I can promise you that I feel, from experience, like the game is tied and that we don’t have a two-score lead.” 

Shanahan will forever feel like a team has the ability to mount a comeback but he knows that one play call towards the end of the game was not the reason Atlanta lost. In the first half of Super Bowl LI, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman ran the ball nine times for 86 yards, averaging 9.6 yards per carry. 

In the second half, the Patriots shut down the run game and the two backs ran the ball nine times for 18 yards, averaging only two yards per carry.

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Shanahan admits he will never call a perfect game, because that is an impossible feat, but he vows to never take his foot off the gas. 

“I think that’s the stuff that helps you because I think sometimes people can tend to relax,” Shanahan said. "That’s something that I, I won’t say that I ever relaxed in that Super Bowl especially with Tom Brady having the ball. But that’s something that keeps you humble every single moment until the game is over.”