The NFL trade time limit remains to be a few weeks away. However, at 3-3, the San Francisco 49ers may get started analyzing their intensity chart extra carefully and figuring out how they may be able to bolster some positions.

While head trainer Kyle Shanahan is targeted at the Kansas City Chiefs, he and common supervisor John Lynch steadily talk about roster wishes, factoring in avid gamers who’re anticipated to go back from accidents. For instance, the crew may get take on Trent Williams (ankle) and defensive finish Nick Bosa (groin) again this week. All indicators level against operating again Elijah Mitchell (knee) in all probability returning after the bye week.

For now, Lynch and his personnel are answerable for analyzing trade options.

“They try to get all the options out there, and sometimes there’s options, sometimes there’s not,” Shanahan mentioned remaining week. “So it doesn’t mean, just because you have issues, you can go get someone. But every once in a while, the stars align, something could work. Hopefully, if there is something that can help us, we’ll figure that out.”

The 49ers have reportedly proven hobby in Carolina Panthers operating again Christian McCaffrey. The stage of that hobby stays unknown. Maybe they only inquired concerning the veteran participant. Adding McCaffrey feels too splashy a transfer for the 49ers, given their fresh historical past, and naturally, their loss of top class draft capital.

Longtime 49ers beat writer Matt Barrows of The Athletic was once requested what strikes, if any, Lynch and Shanahan may make. He threw out a couple of realistic options for the Niners. The first is a transfer for a proper take on of the longer term, like New England’s Isaiah Wynn or Philadelphia’s Andre Dillard. Mike McGlinchey is within the ultimate 12 months of his rookie deal—the fifth-year choice the 49ers picked up remaining offseason.

If they’re enthusiastic about coping with Carolina, Barrows suggests defensive take on Derrick Brown as an choice. Former first-round decide Javon Kinlaw can not keep at the box. He is these days coping with a setback along with his surgically repaired knee.

What about some other tight finish? There were offseasons when the 49ers seemed into including some other professional veteran tight finish to pair with George Kittle. The drop-off from Kittle to these in the back of him at the intensity chart is vital, and Kittle has overlooked 13 video games during the last 3 seasons because of accidents.

Noting that it kind of feels not going, the 49ers beat writer feels some other former Hawkeye, Detroit Lions tight finish T.J. Hockenson, can be an ideal have compatibility for Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s perhaps the most Kittle-like tight end outside of San Francisco,” wrote Barrows, “he’d fit perfectly with the team’s offensive ethos and he’s currently on a bad team that may want to invest in draft picks. A second-rounder for Hockenson? Totally worth it. I’d throw in a couple of sixths, too.”

Click right here to learn Barrows’ whole mailbag function for The Athletic.