49ers rumors: Could team land Odell Beckham Jr?

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Rumors linking the San Francisco 49ers to star Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will only ratchet up during this month’s NFL Scouting Combine and once the calendar turns to March.

It’s no surprise that San Francisco is in the market for a No. 1 wide receiver. Head coach Kyle Shanahan has noted on multiple occasions that adding a player of that ilk should be a priority.

Previously linked to New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr., it now looks like rumors of the 49ers landing the Pro Bowler are heating up.

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the 49ers continue to show real interest in OBJ. In fact, Florio pointed out that they are on the short lists of teams who could acquire the boisterous pass-catcher and a deal remains a possibility.

All of this stems from Jay Glazer of The Athletic — a known NFL insider — boldly predicting that Beckham would in fact be traded this spring.

There’s no concrete information coming from Beckham’s camp or the Giants that he is available. After all, the two sides are months removed from agreeing to a record extension.

As it relates to the 49ers, they are in position to add a few star-caliber players this offseason. General manager John Lynch and Co. could have upwards of $90 million in cap room once free agency starts.

Given that the Los Angeles Rams are heads and shoulders above every other team in the NFC West, the onus is on San Francisco to improve a roster that’s won all of 10 games over the past two seasons.

Adding OBJ to the mix would obviously go a long way in narrowing the seemingly wide gap between the Rams and 49ers. Regardless, it still remains somewhat unlikely.