Baalke downplays James trade talk

April, 25, 2014
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Running back/returner LaMichael James may not be participating in the San Francisco 49ers' offseason conditioning program.

But general manager Trent Baalke doesn't seem too worried. He denied the news reports that the 49ers are shopping James. Last week, an NFL source said James would welcome a trade if it meant more playing time. But Baalke still said he doesn't believe James' absence from the offseason conditioning program has anything to do a desire to be dealt.

"He has a new baby at home settling into life. And understand this: This is voluntary. This isn't where they have to be right now. You have to trust that the guys that aren't here are working just as hard as the guys who are here."

In other 49ers' notes:

Baalke said the 49ers met with Missouri pass-rusher Michael Sam at his pro day. Sam could become the first openly gay player in the NFL. He is considered a late-round prospect. The 49ers have three seventh-round picks and a need at the position.

"I think whenever anyone steps out and does something of that nature, I certainly think there is an element of courage that goes along with that," Baalke said. "That's an issue that is continually being addressed, not only in the National Football League but in society. It needs to be addressed and I'm glad that the NFL is taking an active role from the commissioner on down. Each team is also doing that. So I am pleased that is being addressed."

Defensive lineman DeMarcus Dobbs signed his restricted free-agent tender.

Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby reportedly met with the 49ers shortly after his recent arrest in Ohio for a DUI.

Jim Harbaugh said the team will consider working out in Youngstown, Ohio in November in between games at New Orleans and the New York Giants. The 49ers worked out in Ohio, the home of the York family, in 2011 and 2012.

Harbaugh was pleased with the team's annual pro day workout for local draft prospects Friday. Among the participants was Jerry Rice Jr. He finished his career at UNLV. He will likely be an undrafted free agent.

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