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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.

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.

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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. 

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Could 49ers trade for Odell Beckham Jr. if Browns willing to move him?

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Could 49ers trade for Odell Beckham Jr. if Browns willing to move him?

When the Browns swung a deal for Odell Beckham Jr. last spring, it was all roses and imagined Super Bowl parades for the revitalized NFL laughing stock.

With quarterback Baker Mayfield looking like a star in his rookie season, Beckham seemed to be the perfect deep threat opposite his college teammate and best friend, Jarvis Landry. The Browns were the favorites to win the AFC North and many thought they'd march all the way to the Super Bowl.

Times have changed.

Halfway through the season, the Browns sit at 2-6 and have been an abject disaster in just about every phase of the game. Mayfield's accuracy, his calling card both in college and during his rookie season, has abandoned him. A porous offensive line has made matters worse as the Browns have been unable to get the ball in Beckham's game-breaking hands.

With Cleveland swimming in general dysfunction and turmoil, and Beckham clearly starting to feel frustrated about his lack of chances to make big plays, could the Browns end their OBJ experiment after just one season?

So, let's say the Browns end at 4-12 and Beckham throws a stink and wants out. Who would be interested in bringing aboard one of the best receivers in the NFL? 

Every other team likely would call the Browns to see what a deal would cost them, yes. 

But as for the serious players in a hypothetical OBJ sweepstakes, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman speculates that the Patriots, Ravens, Packers and 49ers would be the major players.

Back in March, NBC Sports Bay Area 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco reported San Francisco would be interested in a Beckham deal if the Giants made him available. The Giants did, and the Browns swooped in and landed the superstar. 

Almost eight months later, the 49ers are the NFL's last remaining undefeated team. Buoyed by a dominant defensive front and efficient running game, the Niners have rolled over their opponents to this point. They added veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders at the trade deadline, and he has found immediate chemistry with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, making the passing game far more dangerous than it was to begin the season. 

Sanders will be a free agent after the season and there's no telling if he'll stay with the 49ers, although a long-term marriage seems unlikely. 

If the 49ers once again are lacking a true No. 1 receiver this offseason, they have every reason to call on Beckham. In the prime of his career, Beckham has elite game-changing ability that would make the 49ers' offense just as much of a threat as a defense that's one of the NFL's best.

For his career, Beckham is averaging 71.5 catches, 1,008 yards and 7.5 touchdowns per season. Those numbers include the 2017 season when Beckham played in only four games and the eight games he's played with the Browns this season.

If you remove those seasons, the averages are: 91.25 catches, 1,293.5 yards and 10 touchdowns, all with Eli Manning as his quarterback.

Not bad, right?

The tricky part of trying to acquire Beckham is his contract. Beckham signed a five-year, $90 million extension with the Giants and is owed $14 million next season, $14.5 million in 2021 and $13.75 million in 2022 and 2023. The 49ers currently are projected to have $17.5 million in cap space for next season, so all is well, right?

Not quite.

The 49ers want to extend DeForest Buckner and George Kittle and that will cost a pretty penny. Arik Armstead also is set to unrestricted free agency this offseason and the 49ers no doubt would like to bring him back as well.

Adding Beckham would cost not only draft capital, but also could impact the 49ers' ability to sign Buckner and Kittle to the extensions they want. Now, there are cap gymnastics the 49ers might be able to pull off in order to land Beckham and sign Buckner and Kittle to the desired extensions, but it seems unlikely.

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The 49ers are rolling right along, but a quick playoff exit due to offensive limitations could force them to beef up the receiver position in order to capitalize on the talent head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have accumulated.

Beckham, should he sour on the Browns and want to try to play for a Super Bowl, should draw the 49ers' interest. He's a rare talent who could elevate the 49ers' offense to championship level.

If it's on the table, make the call.