No. 3: 49ers don’t have an early waiver claim anyway
A record-based waiver order means teams with terrible records are going to have the first shot at claiming Beckham, starting off with the winless Detroit Lions, as broken down by Spotrac.com:
Rebuilding teams like Detroit, the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars could be enticed at any point, but there are some teams on the fringes of contending who could easily get Odell Beckham away from falling to the Niners, who happen to hold the No. 12 claim spot heading into Week 9.
For what it’s worth, teams will have until Monday, Nov. 8 to put in a waiver claim.
The Seattle Seahawks, already boasting an elite tandem of wide receivers in Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, could be enticing enough, and they’re getting quarterback Russell Wilson back from a finger injury soon, too. Or, just as possibly, the Miami Dolphins may lay claim to Beckham, knowing full well they’re stockpiled with NFL Draft ammunition for 2022 in a measure to find a new quarterback to replace Tua Tagovailoa. Perhaps they’d attempt to sell Beckham, who’d be a free agent next season, on the restocking of the offense.
Either way, there are plenty of teams who could easily thwart whatever interest San Francisco might have.