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Report: Dante Pettis has been “made available” ahead of the trade deadline

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported on Thursday

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Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported in his NFL trade deadline buyers and sellers article that the San Francisco 49ers have made former second-round pick Dante Pettis available for trade:

Not all the teams open to moving players are in the dumps. Cleveland has a surplus at tight end with the emergence of rookie Harrison Bryant, so while former first-rounder David Njoku is not necessarily on the block, the Browns will field calls on him. The Niners have made available a receiver they once had high hopes for, in Dante Pettis. And with the emergence of Myles Gaskin in Miami, the Dolphins are willing to move veteran Jordan Howard.

That’s not too surprising, but Pettis being made available for trade is now no longer a rumor or conjecture. Pettis saw 46 snaps during Week 1 and only one target. Over the next three games, Pettis totaled 34 snaps before being a healthy scratch during Week’s 5 and 6. It’s hard to imagine that Pettis can’t give the 49ers more than Trent Taylor, but trust is everything, and it’s evident that Kyle Shanahan isn’t interested in providing Pettis any more chances. That’s led to fans on Twitter attacking Pettis and calling him all sorts of names, something I’ll never understand.

Does the next question become what do the 49ers get for Pettis? What would they be willing to move for him? Could they use him as a trade chip to add a center, pass rusher, or another receiver? Moving on from Pettis would save just north of a million against the cap this season and about $1.3 million next year. His former college teammate John Ross of the Cincinnati Bengals has requested a trade. Ross is in the final year of his contract, and the 49ers would be on the hook for roughly $2.7 million this season, per Over the Cap. Tight end David Njoku is more enticing if you’re looking to go down the pass-catcher route. Njoku is also under contract for two more years, though his 2021 salary is not guaranteed. Njoku’s salary would be about $1.7 million for the rest of this season, but that doesn’t account for proration. Some edge rushers Breer mentioned are some names we’ve spoken about include Washington’s Ryan Kerrigan and Carlos Dunlap of the Bengals.

What would you be willing to move on from Pettis for, and are there any player-for-player trades you’re interested in? I’d call the Giants and swap Pettis for tight end Evan Engram, who is in a similar boat as Njoku contract wise.