» 49ERS READY FOR TRADE MARKET
SANTA CLARA — The NFL trade deadline is a month away, so the undefeated San Francisco 49ers have time to weigh how far they’ll go to make a deal.
General manager John Lynch indicated Friday that an aggressive approach is possible, but that they’re also equipped to take a more prudent, cost-effective route.
“Believe me, we sense that this team has something special to them,” Lynch said on KNBR 680-AM. “It’s very early in the year. But anything we can do to improve, we’re going to be aggressive in trying to do so, so long as it’s not mortgaging the future and it just going to give us short-term success and then hurt us in the future.”
Lynch was asked by KNBR host Brian Murphy whether the San Francisco 49ers are looking into Washington left tackle Trent Williams and Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey as trade targets, considering that starters Joe Staley and Ahkello Witherspoon are out the next month with fibula and foot injuries, respectively.
“You look at those opportunities. There are some unique ones,” Lynch said. “Now, I think, though, we’re always assuming that people are available. That’s not always the case.
“Just because they’re out there and not playing with their current team, (that) doesn’t mean they’re always available. So we look into these things. We often make calls on these things.”
Big trades completed under Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan over the past two years include acquiring quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and defensive end Dee Ford. They’ve also missed out on others, including tries for wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Gordon.
“We obviously came in here with a plan of having success, but having it be sustained success,” Lynch added. “So is this going to hamstring our operation moving forward. We look at all these things.