NFL trade deadline 2022: 4 last-second trades 49ers could pull off

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Ross Dwelley, SF 49ers
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NFL trade deadline move No. 2: 49ers trade away TE Ross Dwelley to Broncos

The Denver Broncos have almost no worthy NFL Draft capital after acquiring quarterback Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks the last offseason.

And, by how he’s looked over the first half of the year, Denver is going to be in a massive amount of trouble for a long, long time considering both the draft capital and financial investments in the veteran signal-caller.

So, should Denver elect to engage with its old trading partner, John Lynch and the 49ers, it wouldn’t have much to offer but something in the range of a seventh-round pick this year and a day-three pick swap in 2024 for the services of tight end Ross Dwelley.

From the Niners’ vantage point, Dwelley has become something of an expendable commodity. A year ago, he lost the snap-count battle to fellow backup tight end Charlie Woerner, and that trend is continuing into 2022, too. And with San Francisco slowly infusing veteran tight end Tyler Kroft alongside the All-Pro, George Kittle, there’s little point in keeping Dwelley around.

Especially with him becoming a free agent in 2023.

Granted, a team trading assets away for Dwelley in a contract year doesn’t make a lot of sense. But the Broncos offense is a mess and needs weaponry right now, especially considering the tight end duo of Greg Dulcich and Eric Saubert isn’t exactly cutting it.

All Lynch needs to do is convince the Broncos to try.