Perhaps the 49ers weren’t overly interested in Odell Beckham Jr., but it doesn’t matter anyway after news broke that he’d join the Ravens instead.
If the San Francisco 49ers were heavily interested in veteran wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason, they did a good job of not making it overly public.
Except they were interested. At least modestly.
In early March, Beckham held a private workout, and the Niners were reportedly one of 12 teams that showed up to attend and observe, according to a report from CBS Sports. While San Francisco already boasts two top-level wideouts in Brandon Aiyuk and All-Pro Deebo Samuel, adding Beckham would be something a Super Bowl-contending team would likely want to do.
Even if the superstar receiver spent all of 2022 un-rostered and without a team after suffering a torn ACL during the Los Angeles Rams‘ Super Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bengals over a year ago.
Nothing came to fruition between the 30-year-old three-time Pro Bowler and the 49ers, though, and it won’t matter anymore anyway.
Because Beckham is off to somewhere else outside of the conference.
Odell Beckham turns down 49ers, elects to sign with Ravens instead
On Sunday evening, NFL Network reported that Beckham was going to sign a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens:
From Baltimore’s perspective, it sure is an interesting move given its current standoff with quarterback Lamar Jackson amid contractual disputes. Why stockpile weaponry unless there was a great chance Jackson would return?
Unless Jackson isn’t likely returning, which could now be the case with Beckham commanding a pretty hefty chunk of change.
From the Niners’ perspective, not adding Beckham shouldn’t be viewed as too big a deal, particularly with Samuel and Aiyuk already on the roster. And it’s best not to have Beckham within the conference, particularly after he helped LA defeat San Francisco back in the 2022 NFC Championship game just over a year ago.
Unless the 49ers meet Beckham and the Ravens in the Super Bowl at the end of the upcoming 2023 season, it won’t matter much at all anyway.