The San Francisco 49ers don’t have a huge stockpile of talent to deal off in 2019. But there are some players who could feasibly be moved if the market dictates such.
While the majority of San Francisco 49ers trade discussions in 2019 have centered around possible dealings for either Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown or New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr., what are the chances general manager John Lynch tries to send off players this offseason?
After all, the Niners have just six picks in this year’s NFL Draft. And while there aren’t exactly a ton of players on Lynch’s roster worthy of compensation within the first two rounds, dealing off surplus overstock for much-needed draft capital is never a bad idea.
But who would go?
It’s a question made difficult by the lack of depth San Francisco experienced last season. Injuries took a serious toll on head coach Kyle Shanahan’s roster, which led to a number of players being thrust into positions they weren’t quite ready for.
That said, the Niners do have some players they could possibly offload between now and the start of the regular season.
A few names seem movable, but they aren’t exactly. Case in point, defensive tackle Arik Armstead had his best year as a pro in 2018. Armstead, whose fully guaranteed fifth-year option goes into effect at the league new year, would be difficult to move based off his would-be $9-plus million cap hit in 2019. If the Niners cut him before the deadline, re-signed him to a friendlier extension and then traded him, that would be one thing. But all those contingencies make things rather complicated.
Instead, let’s look at other players the Niners may be willing to move if the situation presents itself.