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Shanaplan: Addressing all of the wild trade rumors the 49ers are connected to

Kyle Posey and Akash Anavarathan explore that and more in this week’s episode

NFL: DEC 08 49ers at Saints Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The 2020 NFL trade deadline is six days away. John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan haven’t been afraid to dip their toe in the waters of acquisition in the past, and they did make a minor move by picking up Jordan Willis from the Jets this week. Could a bigger splash be on the horizon?

We know that trade rumors on Twitter flow like candy on Halloween, but there has been some speculation that Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is on the block, and that the 49ers are interested.

As Kyle Posey pointed out in today’s Shanaplan podcast, there is a way for this deal to work financially. The Saints would be on the hook for around six million dollars in dead money next year if they traded him, and they’d actually save a million dollars in cap space. Thomas’ base salary this year is only a million dollars.

“The 49ers could make that work, hypothetically. Would they probably have to trade a high draft pick? Yeah. Michael Thomas is under contract until 2024, so you’re not going to get him for pennies.”

Akash Anavarathan said the 49ers have more pressing needs than wideout.

“What do you need another high-end receiver for? If it was a high-end pass rusher, that would make a little more sense to me. This one doesn’t make sense to me. It just seems kind of egregious.”

To find hear the rest of the conversation as well as some potential non-Michael Thomas trade targets, check out the entire episode at the top or bottom of this page.

Other topics covered:

-Week 7 studs and duds

-Analyzing the Jimmy Garoppolo trade on the week of its third anniversary

-What to expect against Seattle this week

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