Don’t expect the 49ers to welcome a new wide receiver or bid farewell to little-used running back LaMichael James before the NFL trade deadline Tuesday. In a wide-ranging sit-down with the team’s beat writers this morning general manager Trent Baalke said the 49ers weren’t shopping James a 2012 second-round pick who has been a healthy scratch the past two weeks and has seven carries this season. “We’re not interested in trading LaMichael” Baalke said. “LaMichael’s a key player.” Baalke mentioned two key players – Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham – when asked about the 49ers’ potential interest in trading for a wideout. Several notable names have been the subject of trade rumors – Cleveland’s Josh Gordon and the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks among them – but Crabtree and Manningham could both be on the 53-man roster by mid-November. Anquan Boldin is the 49ers’ only wideout with more than 10 catches this season but Baalke noted the pending returns of Crabtree and Manningham. “It plays a big role and what you can do and what you’re willing to do from a roster standpoint” he said. “Because those are two pretty good football players.” Baalke said much the same about James who has been inactive for 17 of 23 regular-season games in his career. He said there would be a role for James alluding to last year when he showed promise late in the season after Kendall Hunter was sidelined with a torn Achilles.
49ers not shopping James; deal for WR appears unlikely
San Francisco Chronicle | Oct 25