The 49ers are not shopping Torrey Smith and a trade is not anticipated, a league source tells Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. Of course, just because the Niners aren’t shopping Smith, that doesn’t mean that they would not be open to a trade. At this point, multiple outlets have reported trade talks between San Francisco and Philadelphia.
49ers players could have asked the club — likely through their agents — for permission to seek a trade, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, but that doesn’t mean San Francisco is openly exploring trades. Additionally, rival clubs are calling the Niners to check in on the cost of acquiring certain players, but again, that doesn’t indicate that SF is necessarily willing to move anyone, as Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets.
In addition to Smith, left tackle Joe Staley‘s name has also come up in trade rumors, but head coach Chip Kelly yesterday denied that the 49ers were interested in moving the veteran offensive lineman, saying that “no one” had had discussions with him about dealing Staley. “I understand how it comes up because we’re 1-6 and Joe is a veteran player, but it doesn’t matter where you are that’s going to be speculation no matter what team you are and where you are, who are your older players,” Kelly said. “It’s kind of the nature of the sport we play.”
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