The San Francisco 49ers have been out on trading for Jaguars star CB Jalen Ramsey. That hasn’t stopped the questions from coming, especially once it was announced that CB Ahkello Witherspoon would miss at least a month. The Trent Williams idea was always a prisoner of the moment. The team doesn’t believe Joe Staley will miss the full eight weeks after he broke his fibula.
49ers general manager John Lynch was asked on KNBR’s “Murph & Mac” podcast Friday morning about trading for Williams and Ramsey. Here’s what he said:
”I think you look at those opportunities — there are some unique ones now — I think sometimes though we are always assuming that people are available, (but) that’s not always the case,” he said. “Just because they’re out there and not playing with their current team doesn’t mean they’re always available.”
Ramsey has been under the microscope after demanding a trade, not going to practice, then saying he had a back injury, and finally decided to take a little paternity leave. That’s a good point Lynch had in that last sentence. The longer this goes on, the less likely Jacksonville moves on from Ramsey. Unless he refuses to report, of course, that will force the team’s hand. You could also look at it as the longer this goes on, the less leverage the Jags have. That could drop the asking price.
Here’s Lynch on the trade conversations he’s had:
”We look into these things. We often make calls on these things. We obviously came in here with a plan of having success but having it be sustained success, so is this going to hamstring our operation moving forward? We look at all these things.”
You can hear the full interview below. Lynch expressed confidence in Justin Skule, as well as Witherspoon’s possible replacements, Jason Verrett, Emmanuel Moseley, and DJ Reed. He believes the 49ers are building something special:
”Believe me, we sense this team has something special to them, “he said. “It’s very early in the year but anything we can do to improve we’re going to be aggressive and try to do so, so long as it’s not mortgaging the future and just going to give us short term success and hurt us in the future.”
If there isn’t a move made early next week, whether a trade or bringing in a free agent cornerback, expect the 49ers to roll with what’s on the roster. Perhaps that could be a sign that they are confident in the trio mentioned above, or Witherspoon is further along in his injury. It could very well mean that the asking price and the market aren’t worth it.