John Lynch: 49ers are “open for business” to trade down from No. 2

AP

San Francisco General Manager John Lynch will trade the second overall pick in the draft if he gets the right offer.

Lynch said he has already talked to some teams about a potential trade and hopes to talk to more.

“We’re open for business,” Lynch told reporters today.

Lynch said the 49ers have a general idea of what kind of package of picks it would take for them to trade down. Last year the Browns traded the second overall pick to the Eagles and got two first-round picks, a second-round pick and a third-round pick.

There’s also the possibility that Lynch would like to trade the No. 2 pick to Washington for Kirk Cousins. Cousins doesn’t think that’s going to happen, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan would reportedly love to have another opportunity to coach Cousins, after the two previously worked together in Washington.

In any event, Lynch hopes his phone rings a lot in the next two weeks. He’s ready to make a deal.

34 responses to “John Lynch: 49ers are “open for business” to trade down from No. 2

  1. It would be great to see Lynch actually turn the Niners around. I hope he and Shanahan can do it. That historic franchise needs a rebirth.

  2. “There’s also the possibility that Lynch would like to trade the No. 2 pick to Washington for Kirk Cousins.”

    I don’t recall the 49ers or the Redskins talking about a trade ….Florio still pimping Cousins out as though there is a viable QB option in this draft, and that the Redskins have shown that they no longer want a QB they developed into a top 10. Regardless of difficult negotiations neither Cousins` camp/agent or the Redskins have leaked anything negative towards negotiations.

  3. “that the Redskins have shown that they no longer want a QB they developed into a top 10.”???

    Cousins a top 10? What list are you looking at? He isn’t a bad QB but certainly isn’t in the top 10.

  4. .
    ” Last year the Browns traded the second overall pick to the Eagles and got two first-round picks, a second-round pick and a third-round pick. ”

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    Is there any two players in the draft worth what the Eagles paid to draft Wentz? It goes to show how much teams are willing to trade in order to get a quality QB.
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  5. @ ripleyray says:
    Apr 12, 2017 6:47 PM

    “that the Redskins have shown that they no longer want a QB they developed into a top 10.”???

    Cousins a top 10? What list are you looking at? He isn’t a bad QB but certainly isn’t in the top 10.
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    I’m open for an honest correction and/or debate.

    List 9 QB’s that were better than Cousins the last 2yrs, and also have an higher ceiling? I hope you see this as I want to see who you think was better outside of the obvious i.e Brady, Rodgers.

  6. Dude threw for 9000 yard. 54 tds. And played all 32 games in the past 2 years. Definetly top ten…no question. And way better than anyone you could get at qb in the draft. Not top 10…cmon man?!? From Pack fan.

  7. If there is a chance for the Niners to make a significant jump from the bottom of the NFCW soon it will start with some team giving up a few picks for that #2 overall.
    With the recent rumors about the Browns possibly passing on Garrett coming out, even if the rumors aren’t true, it still makes for good press and now the fun starts.

  8. Brady, Brees, Ryan, Rodgers; who else is better? Are Manning, Rivers, Carr, Luck and Ben better? Arguable. Wilson or Stafford? Not based on either 2016 or 2016 and 2015 combined. Prescott; no way after one year. I see no way Cousins is not Top 10 even if it is #10.

  9. Ryan, Brady, Rogers, Wilson, Carr, Rivers, Brees, Luck, Roethlisberger, Prescott, Palmer, Newton, Manning, Cousins. But of those, about 10 of them (including Cousins) are in a big group.

    It’s very reasonable to say Cousins is a top-10 QB.

  10. @txpatsfan

    Exactly! I would not argue your list at all even if Cousins is at the bottom he’s still top 10 and his ceiling is still growing. Prescott will fall back some as the league catches up with now that they have a full years game tape on him, but he does have intangibles that cousins lacks i.e mobility.

  11. All this top-10 not top-10 talk aside, the team wouldn’t make him a franchise player and pay him over $20M if he wasn’t succeeding.

    Succeeding at the QB position in a pro style, downfield throwing offense takes time. The kid is getting better and better. His mouth may get ahead of him from time to time when he’s feeling on top, but if he plays until he’s in his late 30’s, a team would be really wise to lock him down. If the 49ers trade the 2nd pick in 2017 for Cousins, and if he is starting in 2027 and has won anything, it’ll go down as a bargain. It’s all about how one evaluates Cousins’ upside. It’s got nothing to do with whether or not Eli edges him out to be the 10th best QB right now.

  12. Wow all this talk about the 49ers and Browns trading down, and getting multiple first round picks, etc. Then there’s Jerry Jones sitting over there laughing after he got Dak Prescott in the 4th round last year. Prescott would be the number pick this year, based on what we now know, and he’d also be the number one pick if they re-did last years draft. HOFer Jerry Jones.

  13. Gotta be patient the Browns may do somthing very “Clevland” and if they do Garret falls right in our laps and that would be a great start to this rebuild project……the chatter is heating up, and even if the Browns so the smart thing someone may want to jump in front of Chicago and Jacksoville….. I like the spot they are in let the desperados come to you Lynch. We should make out well either way.

  14. Makes sense wanting to trade down.

    There is a clear number one pick but other then that there is no need you can cover with the number 2 pick that you couldn’t cover with a 5-10 pick or even lower.

    Any QB 49ers would be interested in may fall even further.

    Regarding Cousins you have to remember picks = players and there are simply no QB in the draft that is equal to Cousins so no one pick will make a trade happen. Not even a 1st rounder.

  15. i doubt the Redskins and 49ers trade for Cousins now. my guess is he’ll play out the year and walk away from the Redskins next year and Washington will be looking for QBs in the 2019 nfl draft….however, what great QB will you find when you are picking at number 14 (likely).

  16. Cousins has put up huge numbers with DeSean and Pierre. Times they have changed in Washington. Cousins also put up some big numbers in a two year period where all 3 division rivals for which they 6 games against had really bad defenses, especially really bad secondaries. Again all 3 of those teams are poised to be better on defense this year. I like cousins, I just don’t know if stats tell the whole story. This is really his prove it year.

  17. exhelodrvr says:
    Apr 12, 2017 7:59 PM
    Ryan, Brady, Rogers, Wilson, Carr, Rivers, Brees, Luck, Roethlisberger, Prescott, Palmer, Newton, Manning, Cousins. But of those, about 10 of them (including Cousins) are in a big group.

    It’s very reasonable to say Cousins is a top-10 QB.

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    Palmer? Newton? No chance.

    Prescott? Not enough of a sample set yet….maybe.

    Rivers? Manning? Both are almost out of gas.

  18. I would love to see Cousins get out of Washington. Washington has never really believed in him, so a change of scenery might be good for him.
    Of course, trading Cousins would give DC a QB problem they don’t need. It would, however, give SF some time to focus on other needs. SF needs stability and DC needs someone they believe will get them to that next big step. And Cousins needs somebody who believes in him.

  19. Trading down makes sense a number of ways. You get more players and you are also not stuck with the high salary a #2 overall pick will command. 4 years later, that player is also likely to be expensive to keep if you franchise him. If he turns out to be a bust, then it is equally costly.

  20. Is this John Lynch guy that keeps yapping about the team plans for the upcoming draft the same John Lynch who insisted that the Niners be completely secret about the negotiations surrounding his hiring?

  21. A lot of people in the Bay Area want them to trade down and not pass on the Cal QB this time around. I could see it, but idk who is worth trading up for if you’re another team?

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