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49ers GM John Lynch says he wouldn’t give Giants the No. 2 overall pick for Odell Beckham

So, add that piece of news into consideration when you think about the deal

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In the immediate aftermath of the New York Giants trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns there was at least one claim that the Giants had a better offer than what they got from Cleveland. GM Dave Gettleman admitted that he had “numerous conversation” with San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch, but that “frankly we couldn’t come to an agreement, so that died on the vine.”

Friday, Lynch gave a glimpse as to why.

The 49ers did not have another first-round pick. So, to satisfy the “two first-round picks” litmus test Gettleman said he was applying, they would have had to offer a player who had been a first-round pick, such as defensive end DeForest Buckner, and a 2020 first-round pick. With immediate needs to fill, even that might not have been enough for the Giants.

The Giants took the 17th and 95th picks from Cleveland, as well as safety Jabrill Peppers, a third-year player who was a 2017 first-round pick.