No. 5: EDGE Tank Carradine
This would be a long shot to pull off, and it would require 2013 NFL Draft bust Tank Carradine to have a better-than-stellar preseason to convince another general manager he’s worth a trade.
Carradine’s performance since his rookie season has been lackluster at best. The prolific Florida State pass-rusher has just four sacks over his pro career and never turned into the dynamic force many saw him being coming out of college.
But the possibility of Carradine having a strong preseason is there. A year ago, Carradine received a one-year extension thanks to an excellent preseason effort.
Just take a look at how he fared in the pass rush at that point, per Jeff Deeney of Pro Football Focus:
With the 49ers switching to a 4-3 under scheme in 2017, Carradine will be back at his natural EDGE position like what he played in college.
It’s unlikely the Niners view Carradine as a long-term solution anymore and already have edge rushers Arik Armstead and Aaron Lynch penciled in as the primary LEO pass-rushers. There simply isn’t room for Carradine to contribute on a regular basis.
With just one year left on his current deal, San Francisco may be able to land a late-round pick in exchange for his services.