With so much written in recent weeks about the possibility of the 49ers trading quarterback Colin Kaepernick, he might not be the only 49ers veteran who gets moved.
Via Peter King of TheMMQB.com, there’s plenty of draft-month chatter about the 49ers that doesn’t involve their want-away passer.
Specifically, one personnel source said they’re not inclined to trade up from the seventh spot (too many needs, General Manager Trent Baalke doesn’t want to give away picks).
But more moves could add to that stockpile, as another source said: “They want to trade Anthony Davis and Antoine Bethea.”
That would be interesting, given the veteran right tackle’s cryptic April 1 message about returning to the league after his one-year retirement, with the addendum “Dealing with Trent is giving me a headache“).
The 31-year-old Bethea is coming off a season lost to a torn pectoral, and they have 2015 second-rounder Jaquiski Tartt in reserve. He’s due to make $5 million in base salary, workout bonuses and roster bonuses if he’s there this season, so they might view him as a chance to stockpile more picks.
Honestly, dealing away older players for more picks might simply be good business, as the 49ers aren’t close to contending and need all the cheap labor they can get for the Chip Kelly rebuild.