The 49ers could be active before the November 3 NFL trade deadline, especially if they beat the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night and get back to winning.
For a team a few minutes away from winning a Super Bowl last season, the 49ers now have a lot of holes thanks to a hamstring injury. So, who could be a great trading partner for San Francisco? Probably the frustrating Texans in Houston.
CBS Sports Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that league sources told him a “number of teams are preparing to venture into trade talks in Houston.” The Texans entered just Sunday 1-4 and fired coach Bill O’Brien. It’s not crazy to see a fire sale coming up in Houston.
Who can Texans look to hang on to? La Canfora reported that general team managers and executives were watching pass rusher Whitney Mercilus, linebacker Zach Cunningham, corner Bradley Roby, tight end Darren Fells and receivers Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller. Theoretically, all players fit the needs of the 49ers.
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Known 49ers needs for more pass rushers. Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas lost to knee-highs and Dee Ford only played one game while facing neck and back issues. Linebacker has become more of a possible necessity, too, with Kwon Alexander’s latest injury. And still don’t start the 49ers with their cornerback issues with injuries to others outside of Jason Verrett not getting stronger when needed.
The Fells could be an interesting option for the 49ers as they look for another receiving threat at the tight end after losing Jordan Reed for several weeks in an MCL injury. Fells, 34, got his third touchdown this season on Sunday. Cooks and Fuller will both bring home-run threats to the 49ers offense as a speedter which is also somewhat inconsistent at times.
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It can come down to what the Texans want in return. Houston should be desperate for draft picks after O’Brien runs out of wild trades, and 49ers general manager John Lynch may want to give up some high picks. But beggars cannot be selective.
The 49ers have no third-round pick in next year’s draft and will continue to re-evaluate their team after starting in the 2-3 starts. If they think these available Texans can help at the right price and they will soon find themselves in the playoff picture, there is no reason Lynch should not explore solving her problems with a Houston call.