1. 49ers TE George Kittle
Yes, some people are calling for a George Kittle trade before the deadline next week. No, it won’t happen. Let’s talk about why.
Firstly, money. Trading Kittle would come at an enormous cost.
For this reason and this reason alone, Kittle is safe through at least this season.
Even if money wasn’t a factor, trading an elite tight end talent in Kittle would be a horrible decision. Kittle provides more value to the 49ers offense than anything San Francisco could get in return for him. When healthy, he is one of the league’s best route-runners and run blockers. He’s the player who elevates everyone around him and executes on whatever offensive ideas Shanahan draws up.
Without him this season, they are 0-2.
Bottom line: Kittle is staying on the 49ers roster long after the Nov. 2 trade deadline, and the 49ers are better for it.