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49ers acquire Rod Streater in Chiefs trade, trade L.J. McCray to Seahawks

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The 49ers made a pair of trades, boosting their WR depth chart in the process.

The San Francisco 49ers made a pair of trades on Saturday as part of their cut down to 53 players. The team traded safety L.J. McCray to the Seattle Seahawks for an undisclosed draft pick. They also traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for wide receiver Rod Streater. Odds are good neither pick is particularly high, and very well might net out.

The Chiefs signed Streater this offseason, after he spent four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. In four seasons in Oakland, he had 109 receptions for 1,564 yards and eight touchdowns. Chip Kelly said he will be an outside receiver, and specifically mentioned that he will help replace Eric Rogers. The 49ers lost Rogers to a torn ACL, and Kelly’s comments suggest he very well could have been a starter if he stayed healthy.

I spoke with Joel Thorman from Arrowhead Pride to get some thoughts on the Streater trade. Here’s what he had to say:

The Rod Streater trade is a surprise from us in Kansas City. We had him penciled in as the fourth receiver on the team. He has had success before but that was a couple years ago in Oakland so you're hoping he's still got it. He had a solid offseason with the Chiefs, including training camp. He had one of the best catches of the Chiefs preseason with a beauty of a back shoulder snag. I hope the Chiefs get a good pick out of it (I doubt they did) because I thought Streater could help them this year.

Considering the 49ers own wide receiver problems, Streater could climb the depth chart in short order once he gets his hands on the playbook.

The McCray trade is not surprising. I had McCray missing the final 53-man roster, and so being able to get any kind of draft pick compensation is a plus. He was a big hitter on special teams, but never developed into a significant option at safety. Marcus Cromartie’s emergence as a decent reserve option at safety, coupled with his special teams play and versatility at cornerback provided more value to the depth chart.