The trade deadline came and went on Tuesday and the San Francisco 49ers made only one move, completely in-house.
Out with linebacker Jermaine Cunningham and off the non-football injury list comes in defensive tackle Tank Carradine, a rookie second round pick from Florida State.
With that, the 49ers remained silent at the trade deadline showing that they feel their team is good enough right now to compete for a Super Bowl. No added big threat wide receiver, nothing, strictly in-house.
Receiver Mario Manningham is expected to be activated after the bye week in time for Week 10’s matchup with Carolina, giving quarterback Colin Kaepernick one more added weapon to an offense that has averaged almost 35 points a game during their five game winning streak.
With receiver Michael Crabtree expected back in mid-to-late November and with running back LaMichael James currently being saved for the “right moment”, the 49ers offense is set, hence no trades on Tuesday.
San Francisco may be the most underrated team in the NFL, fallen behind media darlings like Seattle and Denver, and for the 49ers that may be a blessing in disguise. As Coach Jim Harbaugh once told his team, “the longer it takes us to figure that out (how good we are), the better we are”.
If it take the league until the playoffs to figure out just how good this 49er team is, that’s just fine with Jim Harbaugh and company.