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Niners targeting several WR prospects after missing on OBJ

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In an offseason in which two of the best receivers in football were traded, the San Francisco 49ers’ only addition at the position came in the form of a low-cost flier on Jordan Matthews.

No, the Niners weren’t all that interested in Antonio Brown, who openly campaigned for a trade to the 49ers on social media but ended up with the Oakland Raiders.

Yes, the 49ers were heavily involved in trade talks for Odell Beckham Jr, but after extensive discussions with the New York Giants, the two sides simply couldn’t find the common ground needed to make a deal. Beckham was traded to the Cleveland Browns instead.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Ultimately, the Niners’ pursuit of Beckham came up short because they were unwilling to part with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft. And when New York declined to include its No. 6 overall pick as part of a package for Beckham (with the Niners adding additional compensation), the move to land a No. 1 receiver was dead.5

As general manager John Lynch has pointed out, the Niners might have been better positioned to make a trade for Beckham had they had a first-round pick that wasn’t quite so valuable this year.

“I don’t want to get into why it didn’t happen and all that, but we tried,” Lynch said. “I think they tried. It’s just the way things were set up — there wasn’t a fit and so we moved on.”

Missing on Beckham now leaves the Niners with a big need to add to a receiving corps that was among the least productive in the NFL last season and then subtracted its most proven (albeit oft-injured) commodity in Pierre Garcon.

In 2018, the Niners’ receivers combined for 152 receptions for 1,990 yards on 259 targets. Those numbers ranked 28th, 29th and 29th in the NFL in those categories for the season. It was the sixth time in the past 10 years that 49ers receivers failed to combine for at least 2,000 yards.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The group now consists of second-year undrafted wideout Kendrick Bourne, who took a step forward on his way to posting 42 catches for 487 yards and four touchdowns. The Niners also will bring back Marquise Goodwin, who has battled injury issues and personal tragedy over the past couple of seasons; Trent Taylor, who is coming off a back injury that limited him in 2018; and rookies Dante Pettis and Richie James.

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