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Ahkello Witherspoon says what all 49ers fans are thinking after Rams trades

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The Jimmy Garoppolo effect, it’s called. By science.

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon is a good follow on Twitter, an up-and-comer cornerback who should be a reliable starter next season and an exceptional human being. He also knows the real reason why the Los Angeles Rams have traded for two cornerbacks, signed a third and used the franchise tag on a safety.

They scared.

The Rams acquired cornerback Marcus Peters in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, sending a 2018 fourth and 2019 second-round pick while also acquiring a 2018 sixth-round pick in the deal.

They acquired cornerback Aqib Talib from the Denver Broncos, sending a reported fifth-round pick in the deal.

They signed free agent cornerback Sam Shields. And they used the non-exclusive franchise tag on safety Lamarcus Joyner. Other moves were made, ostensibly for salary cap purposes. They traded defensive end Robert Quinn and linebacker Alec Ogletree.

But we all know what’s really going on ... the Rams, obviously, are afraid of the 49ers and, as Witherspoon notes, Jimmy Garoppolo.

Of course, that’s not really the whole truth of the matter, and the Rams are actually just trying to take advantage of the fact that they have a franchise quarterback playing on a rookie contract. They’re making moves and taking big risks while trying to skirt by with just enough cap space to potentially give Aaron Donald an extension soon, and before Goff needs to be paid, presumably a boat load of money, down the line.

Garoppolo, though, was excellent last season, including against the NFL-best secondary of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Every single credible talent evaluator who has spent time with, around or watching film of Garoppolo has nothing but the highest of praise.

A lot of 49ers fans are talking about the 49ers not making moves for either Peters or Talib when they have a need at the position, but it doesn’t surprise me. They called and talked to both the Chiefs and the Broncos, but did not make a formal offer, per a source. There are free agents available that fit the scheme, and the 49ers need their draft capital.

Let’s see where this goes, folks. Hold on to your butts.