Golden Nuggets: Talking trade this time of year

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers links for Sunday, February 9, 2014

We've reached one of the few "dead zones" in NFL coverage, and when that happens, people starting thinking a little more outside the box. As we see in Matt Maiocco and Bill Williamson's articles, people are starting to ask about trades.

Although we'll see plenty of draft picks exchanged leading up to and during the NFL Draft, player for player and player for pick trades are not nearly as common. The 49ers made two of those trades last season in dealing away Alex Smith and dealing for Anquan Boldin. As we look at this year's roster, there are not quite the same opportunities available. Had the team gotten a full year out of Tank Carradine, I could see a guy like Ray McDonald potentially on the market, but it's too soon at this point to be able to plug Tank Carradine into a starting role.

But that won't stop us from seeing logical and illogical trade suggestions mentioned. The 49ers will deal plenty of picks in May, but there isn't that Alex Smith type of player the team can afford to unload at this point.

Look ahead at safety: Goldson left last year. Will Whitner follow? (Barrows)

49ers Mailbag: Trades are best discussed in camp (Maiocco)

Mailbag: Talking trade (Williamson)

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