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NFL trade deadline passes with no 49ers trades, Isaac Sopoaga deal to Patriots

The NFL trade deadline has come and gone with only one trade reported (the Patriots acquired Isaac Sopoaga). We take a look at why that really doesn't matter for the 49ers.

Streeter Lecka

The NFL trade deadline once again passed with mostly a whimper. The San Francisco 49ers were reportedly talking up guys like Nnamdi Asomugha, Jon Baldwin and Anthony Dixon. It is no surprise that the 49ers were not able to swing deals for any of them. Dixon has the most value of that group, and I am curious what the team might have been sniffing for in that kind of deal.

For now though, here's your summary of the NFL trade deadline (h/t Pride of Detroit):


The most important thing for the 49ers is that they have reinforcements coming next week and beyond. Mario Manningham, Tank Carradine and Eric Wright must be activated next week leading up to the Week 10 matchup with the Carolina Panthers. After that, Aldon Smith and Michael Crabtree could also be activated at some point in the coming weeks. Crabtree appears on track for a late November return. Aldon is tougher to figure out since he is not dealing with a traditional injury with a specific timeline.

Trades are always fun to consider, but the 49ers coming additions are even better than trades. They will be adding a pair of guys in Wright and Tank who have been learning the system. They will be adding guys like Manningham, Aldon and Crabtree who already know the system and can be plugged right back in. There was better talent on the market, but given the cost in terms of draft picks and learning the new system, there was a certain level of upside to the 49ers standing pat.

I'll take that any day of the week.

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