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Monday, October 7, 2013
A Josh Gordon trade on horizon?

By Bill Williamson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Some personnel chatter on the San Francisco 49ers' front:

There had been speculation the 49ers could claim receiver Stephen Williams, after he was cut by Seattle on Saturday. But he was claimed by Jacksonville, which has a higher waiver priority than the 49ers. It is unknown if San Francisco put in a claim for Williams because the league no longer announces all waiver claims.

San Francisco going after Williams would make sense, as it has a need for receivers and the Seahawks and 49ers keep taking each other’s leftovers.

Speaking of receivers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the 49ers have talked to the Cleveland Browns about receiver Josh Gordon. He’d likely cost, at least, a second-round pick. If the Chiefs win three more games, a third-round pick will turn into a second rounder as part of the Alex Smith trade. Thus, the 49ers may have two second rounders.

However, Schefter reports the 49ers may be reluctant because they are on track to get Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree back from injuries.

Thus, while the need for Gordon is large now, it may not be in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, there is another quarterback available. The Raiders cut former starter Matt Flynn.

Could the 49ers be interested? They have looked at a lot of veterans lately and appear to be looking for an upgrade over Colt McCoy. The team just signed John Skelton and reportedly looked at Josh Freeman before he signed with the Vikings.

With all that being said, I just don’t see the 49ers being attracted to Flynn because he's too much like McCoy.