The San Francisco 49ers are currently shopping LaMichael James after James expressed a dissatisfaction with his current playing time situation in San Francisco, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. James was a second round pick in 2012 after piling up over 2,000 yards at Oregon and was considered a good prospect at the time. Though James has not proven himself in the NFL, he has not really had the opportunity to. As Trent Baalke said,
We tell every one of our players this: ‘It’s up to you to earn time on the field.’ So it’s not as much about what [James] hasn’t been doing, it’s as much about what Frank has been doing.”
Despite his age, Frank Gore has shown no signs of slowing down. It helps that he was never a speedster to begin with. Throw in Kendall Hunter and Marcus Lattimore, now that he is healthy, and the backfield seems crowded enough to keep James from getting a lot of carries this year as well.
With the potential for the 49ers to trade up due to a stockpile of picks, Barrows makes an interesting point that James might make a trade easier, as fewer draft picks might be involved on the 49ers end, allowing them to trade up while still retaining the key 2nd and 3rd round picks for depth in pass rushers, running backs, and especially the receivers and secondary. Is it possible the 49ers can jump into the first half of the first round with James and a 2nd and, say, a 4th? Who knows, but I guess we will find out soon enough.