The 2018 NFL trade deadline falls on Oct. 30, and Niner Noise looks at all the rumors and reports surrounding the San Francisco 49ers as the clock draws to the cutoff.
A year ago at this time, the San Francisco 49ers pulled off a blockbuster deal just ahead of the 2017 NFL trade deadline.
That move, of course, was picking up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots in exchange for a second-round NFL Draft pick this year.
The Niners were winless at that point, not far unlike where the 2018 49ers are right now. With a 1-7 record at the halfway point of the season, it’s highly unlikely last year’s massive deal finds some sort of repeat incident when the 2018 deadline draws to a close.
General manager John Lynch has just five picks (the team is without its own fifth and seventh rounders in 2019) to use as possible trade commodities. With Garoppolo out for the season with an ACL injury, the focus on the year has shifted entirely from a possible playoff push to continuing what’s clearly a long-term rebuild.
So it’s likely San Francisco winds up being a seller at the NFL trade deadline than anything else. The 49ers do have some excess player commodities they’d probably like to move, even if the returns aren’t necessarily going to be that great.
There are already reports of the Niners listening to various offers. So with the 2018 NFL trade deadline closing in on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. ET, Niner Noise took the luxury of breaking down the latest bits of news and rumors surrounding what Lynch and Co. may end up doing between now and the close of trading season.