SF 49ers: 5 trade targets for John Lynch before 2020 deadline

San Francisco 49ers general manger John Lynch (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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DaeSean Hamilton, Denver Broncos
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SF 49ers Target No. 3: Wide Receiver DaeSean Hamilton, Denver Broncos

Despite finally getting healthy at wide receiver after being without the top-two duo, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, for the first three weeks of the season, the Niners could still look to add some receiving help heading towards the second half of the year.

One particular reason is that it’s clear the future in San Francisco is bleak for third-year pro Dante Pettis, who might be on the trade block himself if fortunes don’t change soon.

Switching around players on the proverbial scrap heap hasn’t worked, such as signing/releasing Mohamed Sanu and trying Kevin White up from the practice squad. But if Kyle Shanahan wants a potential fit, John Lynch making a trade with his counterpart with the Denver Broncos, John Elway, would make a lot of sense.

The name? Wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton.

Hamilton finds himself buried on Denver’s depth chart, and that’s not likely to change with the Broncos’ addition of wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler in the NFL Draft this year. To date, Hamilton has just three receptions for 32 yards.

Yet the 6-foot-1 25-year-old receiver has found previous success out of the slot, and Shanahan hasn’t shied away from going big from this position. Plus, Hamilton’s 2019 experience working under a Shanahan-like offense with then-Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello should do some good, too.

Trading for Hamilton could reinforce the back end of San Francisco’s receiving depth chart while not costing much of anything in return.