Last year General Manager John Lynch received a surprise phone call from Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick. The final result was a trade that netted a young franchise quarterback costing the 49ers a mere 2nd round pick. Jimmy Garappolo went on to win the final five games of the season. Unfortunately after signing a lucrative 5 year contract, Jimmy Garappolo tore his ACL in week three and is out for the season.
After signing Quarterback Tom Savage I would not expect the team to look for another signal caller, but the 49ers still have plenty of holes with $40 million in cap room. Is it enough to inspire John Lynch in making a move before the trade deadline? All trading ends for 2018 on October 30th at 1:00 p.m., pacific time. Here are some potential targets that John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan might target.
RB Le’Veon Bell
After losing their top free agent signing (RB Jerick McKinnon) to an ACL injury many speculated that the team might be obliged to trade for Le’Veon Bell. Both Ian Rapoport and Jason La Canfora reported the 49ers had interest in the Pittsburgh running back earlier in the season. Since then however, Bell has made it clear that he does not wan’t to be traded. Add to the fact that Kyle Shanahan has been getting pretty good production from his back ups (Matt Breida, Alfred Morris, and Raheem Mostert) and it seems highly unlikely.
RB Frank Gore
A long time fan favorite, Frank Gore will eventually sign with San Francisco again, but probably only ceremoniously to retire a 49er. After watching Gore play last weekend against the Chicago Bears, it looks like he still has a lot of gas left in the tank. With the Dolphins still in play-off contention, I doubt they let him go this season, but if they did and Lynch pulled the trigger a majority of 49ers fans would be extremely happy.
WR Julio Jones
Julio Jones had great success when Kyle Shanahan was his play caller in Atlanta. In a perfect world the Falcons would rather keep him, but there have been some issues between the team and Jones as of late that may cause the talented wide out to leave after his contract expires. The Falcons may want to trade him now while his stock is high and they can get something in return. He is far too talented of a player to just let him walk for nothing. A trade of this caliber would reinvigorate the fan base and it makes a lot of sense.
WR Odell Beckham Jr.
There were rumors back in April that San Francisco was interested in trading for Beckham, but that New York wanted two first round picks and the 49ers declined. If that is true, perhaps the Giants might be willing to lower their asking price. Like Atlanta, New York would rather keep their star receiver, but their current record and rebuild could lead to a trade. If the price is right, Beckham could crank it up to a whole new level and that would create excitement for 49ers fans.
The Raiders organization will not concede anything to the San Francisco 49ers for cheap. John Lynch told the media that the offer he made to the Raiders for Khalil Mack was very close to what the Bears offered and we all know how that went down. Cooper is a very talented receiver and could do a lot of damage in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, but I doubt that Lynch is willing to give what it would take to pry him away from Oakland.
CB Patrick Peterson
Last week Jason La Canfora reported that the Arizona Cardinals could be shopping their All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson. Inner-division trades are very rare in the NFL, but they do happen. It’s no secret that the 49ers need help on the perimeter opposite to veteran corner Richard Sherman, but unless the 49ers make an offer that the Arizona Cardinals can’t refuse, I doubt it happens.
DE Dante Fowler Jr.
Fowler’s stock is currently at an all-time low. He was originally selected third overall by the Jaguars in the 2015 draft, but hasn’t lived up to that pedigree so far in his career. On top of that he has been arrested and suspended for fighting. The Jaguars still believe he has the potential to be an elite pass rusher, but may be losing patience. The 49ers are in desperate need of a legitimate pass rusher, but are they willing to take the risk?