Friday, October 25, 2013
Is a trade for a receiver on table for 49ers?
By Bill Williamson
LONDON -- The San Francisco 49ers have been connected to most of the top receivers that could be available through trade.
San Francisco has been linked to Cleveland's Josh Gordon, the New York Giants' Hakeem Nicks, and Tennessee's Kenny Britt. The 49ers have a need at receiver and have a surplus of draft picks, so the connection is easy.
Predictably, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke had little to say on the matter Friday. He would not confirm interest in any receiver, but he did say they would acquire a player if it thinks it will help the team win.
If I had to guess, I’d think Gordon, considered a No.1 receiver by many teams, would be the 49ers’ top choice of the available group. However, it is unlikely a deal gets done by the deadline, which is 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. It will be difficult logistically. The 49ers will fly back from London Monday. That will give Baalke less than 24 hours to complete deal.
Also complicating matters -- the 49ers have Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree coming back from injuries in the second half of the season. So, the need for a receiver will soon not be as dire.
Baalke also said the team isn’t planning to trade running back LaMichael James. The 2012 second-round pick has been a healthy scratch in recent weeks. Baalke said James will have a role on the team.
"We're not interested in trading LaMichael," Baalke said. "LaMichael's a key player."