The San Francisco 49ers got their big playmaker by acquiring wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders from the Denver Broncos. With the NFL trade deadline looming, here are three more possible deals the Niners could pursue.
You’re probably not going to see any more blockbuster moves by the San Francisco 49ers between now and the 2019 NFL trade deadline later this month.
This, because Niners general manager John Lynch already netted the guy the team needed, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who was picked up from the Denver Broncos along with a fifth-round NFL Draft pick, in exchange for San Francisco’s third- and fourth-round picks in next year’s draft.
At 6-0 and with one of the league’s best defenses, the 49ers’ Super Bowl window is officially open. Yet if there was a weakness, it was at wide receiver. Prior to Sanders’ arrival, the Niners’ top wideout was Marquise Goodwin, whose 181 receiving yards led this particular position group over six games.
Now, head coach Kyle Shanahan has a bona fide playmaker to bolster this unit, take pressure off tight end George Kittle, the running game and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Adding Sanders, however, cut into San Francisco’s stockpile of draft picks next year. Currently, the Niners have their own Round 1 pick, then won’t pick again until the fifth round. That’s a problem for later, however, although it might influence some deals Lynch and Co. explore between now and the NFL trade deadline.
Speaking of more deals, Lynch shouldn’t be done working the phones yet. There are still some moves he should explore, and Niner Noise breaks down three possibilities the team could face between now and the deadline.