Report: Giants Froze 49ers Out Of Beckham Trade After Low-Ball 1st Offer

Report: Giants Froze 49ers Out Of Beckham Trade After Low-Ball 1st Offer

Sometimes a low-ball offer will get you knocked right off the negotiating table, as the San Francisco 49ers found out when the New York Giants froze their trade talks for star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The Giants ultimately dealt Beckham to the Cleveland Browns for the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, a third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers. Cleveland reunited the superstar wideout with college teammate, fellow receiver, and close friend Jarvis Landry and added another dangerous weapon to a surging young arsenal led by quarterback Baker Mayfield.

According to 49ers general manager John Lynch, New York was looking for a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft in exchange for Beckham, but the Niners felt that their No. 2 overall pick was too high a price to pay. Instead, Lynch and the Niners opened talks with an offer to exchange first-round picks as part of a possible trade, which would allow San Francisco to stay high in the all-important first round and still pick up one of the NFL’s top talents. The Giants were not impressed nor amused.

(via The Red Zone): In an in-depth look at how the Browns landed Beckham, ESPN’s Pat McManamon and Jordan Raanan reported the 49ers were “stunned” Giants GM Dave Gettleman sent Beckham to Cleveland without contacting them for a best and final offer.

They expressed interest in swapping their No. 2 pick for New York’s No. 6 as part of a potential Beckham trade, but a Giants source said “teams were trying to see if they could steal (Beckham).” The 49ers did, however, have “deep interest” in the star receiver and felt they had plenty of time to continue discussions with the draft still weeks away.

Clearly, they did not, as the Giants turned their interest elsewhere and secured Cleveland’s first-round pick. That handily beat the second-round pick that San Francisco was offering, but the wheeling and dealing didn’t stop there.

(via ESPN): Gettleman initially wanted two first-round picks, a demand Dorsey might not have met. But Gettleman also knew he needed a safety to replace Landon Collins, whom he chose not to give the franchise tag and who signed with the Redskins. The Giants had an affinity for the Browns' Jabrill Peppers, a first-round pick in 2017 whom they had graded high.

The Browns liked Peppers as a player and as a fiery presence, but they were not going to let a safety get in the way of acquiring one of the most explosive playmakers in the league. The Giants viewed Peppers as the second first-round pick in the deal.

The deal, which was officially folded into a bigger one that also sent New York’s Olivier Vernon to the Browns and Cleveland guard Kevin Zeitler to the Giants, was done between two men who knew and trusted each other deeply -- Cleveland GM John Dorsey and Gettleman.

Dorsey and Gettleman met in 1982 at a high school camp in upstate New York, the former a University of Connecticut football player and the latter a teacher and high school coach. Thirty-seven years later, Dorsey’s Browns may have instantly become title contenders, and the Giants enter April’s NFL Draft with three of the top 37 picks and five of the top 108.