Baalke Says Decision Not to Move up in Draft Didn’t Cause Conflict With Harbaugh

It’s still puzzling why Jim Harbaugh is out as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

During general manager Trent Baalke’s weekly conversation with Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game, he was asked directly if there was ever a confrontation between himself and Harbaugh over whether the team should have traded up to draft Odell Beckham Jr.

“I can share a lot of light on that. Wherever you’re getting that is 100 percent false,” said Baalke.

“Would we have loved to have had him? Yes. Would we have loved to have had him on draft day where we were picking? Absolutely. Did we think he was every going to get to us? Absolutely not.”

“Were we willing to give up what it would have taken to get him? The answer is no. And that’s why we didn’t make the move.”

Baalke described the rookie wide receiver as a “heck of a talent,” but also said the team wasn’t willing to part with a first, second and third round pick (and possibly more) to land him.

“That was a decision that collectively, we weren’t willing to make. And that’s a collective decision. That wasn’t not something that one person was really fighting for and another was really opposed to. That was a decision that we made.”

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