According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, he hears that the San Francisco 49ers (4-3) will be active as tomorrow’s NFL trading deadline comes to a close at 1 p.m. PST. A team that has many players scheduled to return as they recover from injuries and/or suspensions, it’s not out of the blue for GM Trent Baalke to get the most bang for his buck as he reworks the roster.
Several players scheduled to return include two All-Pro linebackers in ILB NaVorro Bowman and OLB Aldon Smith. And while one roster spot is already open due to the team placing both C Daniel Kilgore and CB Chris Cook on IR, there are many others who will look to take the field in 2014 including RB Marcus Lattimore and NT Glenn Dorsey.
If you’re doing the math that leaves three roster spots that need to be juggled in order to make room for those players. So what will the 49ers do? Likely using the wheel-and-deal approach. Rather than simply releasing a player to make room on the roster, Baalke will likely trade a player or two. According to Shefter’s sources he says “the 49ers will be interested in dealing a defensive player or two on the back end of their roster to get back a late-round pick and, more important, a roster spot or two.”
And if you’re wondering who I believe that may be, it could include S L.J. McCray, DE Demarcus Dobbs, and possibly OLB Corey Lemonier. Last year, the 49ers traded away OLB Parys Haralson and with Lemonier falling behind the depth chart as rookie fifth-round pick (No. 150) OLB Aaron Lynch continues to mature as a pass-rush specialist, makes Lemonier expendable.
But then there are others on the “back end of their roster” as well that includes last year’s second-round pick DE Tank Carradine. Would the 49ers trade away Carradine? A beast during preseason play who has yet to showcase his talent in regular season play, I would be shocked if the 49ers traded away this gem. But anything can happen.
With the 49ers preparing for the St. Louis Rams, they will first need to figure out their roster as roster moves will need to be made to ensure they get the most out of each transaction.