The San Francisco 49ers are undefeated thus far, but it doesn’t mean they should stand pat. A few key depth additions at the 2019 NFL trade deadline could prove to be the difference maker down the stretch.
Editor’s note: This article was written before the Niners made a trade with the Denver Broncos for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Tuesday.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But the San Francisco 49ers can certainly continue to add some bricks to an already sturdy fortress via the 2019 NFL trade deadline.
When you look at past Super Bowl winners, they are dripping with depth players. Whether it be on offense, defense or special teams, you can never have too much of a good thing.
They’ve tested their depth on the offensive line, with tackles Justin Skule and Daniel Brunskill taking over for Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey. Both Skule (22 years old) and Brunskill (25 years old) have played at levels far beyond their years. The 49ers still have tackle Sam Young on their active depth chart, who brings 10 years of experience to a fairly young O-line core.
Defensively, the Niners took a blow in the secondary. Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon has missed the past two games with a foot injury, while fellow corner Jason Verrett was placed on injured reserve. Jaquiski Tarrt and Jimmie Ward have performed admirably at safety, especially against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6.
However, this team isn’t perfect… yet. There is always room to improve. There will always be injuries. There will always be a guy who is expandable to make room on the roster.
Let’s take a look at three trades the 49ers can make to improve their already spectacular roster before the NFL trade deadline.