49ers To Pursue Trade For WR

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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  1. rocky7

    Instead of the GM Lynch trying to look like a genius to the organization and all of football and under bidding for OBJwhen he had the chance, he allowed the Browns to walk right in with an offer that better fit the Giants needs and snatch him up….good luck with that second tier of wideouts….

    • atuck_sfg

      Giants wanted the second overall pick for OBJ, that wasn’t going to happen, hard to work with another organization when they won’t budge on their asking price… second overall pick has seemed to work out just fine for the niners defense

    • talking baseball

      I would trade for OBJ, to much baggage. Another prima donna. 49ers have a good mix right now, so why take on any head cases ??

    • sleepyfloyd

      The niners don’t need OBJ. Are the Brian’s winning with him? All they need is a solid contributor at the position, no need to give up too much.

    • jschnitzler23

      This is a lazy take. I’d rather have Bosa than OBJ. Lynch didn’t act recklessly for an expensive WR.

  2. anthonyd4412

    Taylor Gabriel hasn’t been a focal point since week 3 because he’s been OUT with a concussion since week 3

    • lammyj34

      Only way the get Diggs is with a 1st round pick and probably either Solomon Thomas or Arik Armstead. Might even need more tbh. Vikings will have a high asking price if they do intend to deal him. But tbh I don’t see it happening. More likely to get Green or Sanders which I think would be nice fits

  3. Thronson5

    We need a WR badly. Kittle is the only consistent pass catcher on this team. I do like Samuel a lot but he isn’t a number one.

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