While the 2019 NFL trade deadline is a ways away, the San Francisco 49ers could be actively perusing the trade block to see if a midseason pickup could improve the roster.
It’s weird to think the San Francisco 49ers may actually be buyers on the open market before the 2019 NFL trade deadline. But that’s what can happen when a team is off to a 3-0 start after four weeks into the season.
In a way, the Niners are becoming victims of their abbreviated success so far, and that’s a good thing.
Granted, buyers and sellers don’t apply to football teams in the same way they do in other sports, such as MLB or the NHL. NFL squads typically don’t move prized draft capital in exchange for “rental” players, like other leagues do.
That said, the context of San Francisco’s current situation mandates at least the exploration of moves by head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. With a perfect record and an early Week 4 bye, the 49ers find themselves sitting alone atop the NFC West, although there are some tough stretches remaining on their 2019 schedule.
Finding some reinforcements here could be a good thing, especially now with the playoffs a serious part of the Niners’ discussion a quarter of the way through the year.
And while the 2019 NFL trade deadline isn’t until 4 p.m. ET on Oct. 29, after Week 8, San Francisco is in position to take advantage of players potentially available, whether it be for an overall improvement at a position of need or to address some key depth concerns moving forward.
Here are three players the Niners could feasibly target.