Trent Dilfer is likely to leave ESPN. If/when he does, he won’t be heading to the 49ers.
More accurately, he has no current plan to join the 49ers.
“I have no intention of joining the 49ers,” Dilfer told Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. “I have never been talking with the 49ers about this and I’m focused on continuing my broadcasting opportunities.”
The phrase “no intention” often provides cover for a change of intentions later. And with Dilfer counting 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke as one of Dilfer’s closest friends, whenever Dilfer changes his intentions, the door could swing open.
For now, Dilfer remains employed by ESPN. By saying that he is “focused on continuing my broadcasting opportunities,” Dilfer has essentially confirmed that his eight-year run in Bristol will indeed be ending.
And if those other “broadcasting opportunities” don’t materialize, Dilfer’s intentions could quickly change.