To start the month, there was a report that the San Francisco 49ers were interested in acquiring Denver Broncos veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Benjamin Allbright, a talk show host for Iheartradio—who has also broken the news, followed up on that report earlier this week. Allbright said several teams have called about Sanders, and they’ve all been told he’s “not available” right now. The teams included New England, Green Bay, San Francisco, New Orleans, and others.
Gauging the Niners’ interest is impossible. John Lynch could have made a serious inquiry where he offered a high-round pick, or it could have been the type of call where the general manager sees if Sanders is available.
It’s interesting how things change in a matter of weeks in the NFL. Two weeks ago, the Broncos were 0-4 and didn’t have much life at all. They’ve won two in a row, and probably are feeling good about themselves. That could be the reason Sanders in unavailable. With that said, just because Broncos general manager John Elway said no today doesn’t mean he’ll say no tomorrow. The NFL is fluid, and we’re starting to see more and more trades with disgruntled players.
Thursday night’s outcome may change Elway’s mind as well. Denver looked terrible against Kansas City. They looked like a team with zero life and were about to have a fire sale.
How do you feel two weeks later about the 49ers acquiring a wide receiver? Do you feel like the offense will be able to sustain success? Mark wrote a great piece on the topic. We’ll also have a roundtable from the staff on the subject as well. These rumors don’t appear to be going away anytime soon. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. To me, getting a veteran like Sanders will only make the offense more potent. Having a threat on the perimeter that not only has the experience but experience on the biggest stage. Very few players on the roster have that.