Fake report suggests Giants' ineptitude cost 49ers a shot at cornerback trade

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New York Giants cornerback Adoree' Jackson
New York Giants cornerback Adoree' Jackson / Dustin Satloff/GettyImages

It's time to debunk a report that the 49ers nearly landed Adoree' Jackson just before the NFL trade deadline.

The San Francisco 49ers made it clear they were going to be buyers long before the 2023 NFL trade deadline by making a deal with the Denver Broncos for defensive end Randy Gregory.

Then, on deadline day itself, general manager John Lynch and Co. pulled off another massive blockbuster by trading with the Washington Commanders for star defensive end Chase Young, a move that'll pair one former No. 2 overall NFL Draft pick with another, his former Ohio State teammate, Nick Bosa.

More reports trickled in that the Niners weren't quite done, however, and there was enough scuttlebutt to suggest there'd be one last move prior to the deadline, which fell at 4 p.m. ET on Oct. 31.

Perhaps San Francisco did everything it needed to. But the corresponding trading partner did not.

Do we know? Can parody accounts help?

Parody account says Giants apparently botch would-be trade with 49ers for Adoree' Jackson

The 49ers were also looking at cornerbacks before the deadline, and the Chicago Bears' Jaylon Johnson was reportedly of interest to Lynch.

With the Bears pulling the plug on any Johnson trade talks, though, the Niners had to explore other options to bolster their secondary, and it appeared as if New York Giants corner Adoree' Jackson was going to be the target.

Then, this came along shortly after the deadline passed:

Wait, what?

According to multiple sources within FanSided, namely those who are much more embedded with the New York Football Giants, Wesley Steinberg is a parody account.

To corroborate that, just ask NFL insider Charles McDonald:

If you got "Steinberg'd," it's OK. Especially if you're a Niners fan, because the joke is more on the G-Men than anything San Francisco did (or didn't do).

Either way, it's good to know this was just a joke that grabbed some people's attention.

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