The 49ers, who have raced out to a 5-0 start, are one of the league’s more surprising stories through the first six weeks of the regular season. But, with the Seahawks (5-1) also looking like a championship contender, and with the defending NFC champion Rams (3-3) still looming as a real threat, San Francisco has a long way to go to clinch its first division title since 2012.
To that end, the club is aggressively pursuing a trade for a wide receiver in advance of the October 29 deadline, as Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. It does not sound as though the 49ers are going to make a deal for an offensive tackle, but the front office and head coach Kyle Shanahan believe an upgrade at WR is needed.
Indeed, there are not many proven receiving threats on the roster behind tight end George Kittle, and no wide receiver has 200 yards or more than one TD as of yet. Young talents like Dante Pettis and Deebo Samuel have plenty of promise, of course, and the Niners may get Trent Taylor back later this season, but a veteran wideout would certainly be a welcome addition.
La Canfora says the 49ers are one of the many teams interested in Bengals star A.J. Green, but Green’s health concerns and Cincinnati’s reluctance to talk shop could be obstacles to a deal. The Falcons are reeling and could look to move Mohamed Sanu, and the Bears may be willing to deal Taylor Gabriel, who has not been a focal point of Chicago’s offense (his Week 3 performance notwithstanding). The Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders is also a popular name on the trade market this year, and La Canfora’s sources say the Dolphins’ DeVante Parker could be a fallback option for San Francisco.
Sanu and Gabriel both played for Shanahan in Atlanta, so he is plenty familiar with what they have to offer. But in any event, it appears that the Niners, who have been one of the more aggressive teams in pursuing trades over the past couple of years, will do everything in their power to upgrade their wide receiver depth chart.
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