According to Jason La Canfora, the 49ers have identified wide receiver as a position of need and are aggressively pursuing upgrades ahead of the trade deadline.
La Canfora says the 49ers are one of several teams interested in Bengals WR A.J. Green, however, it remains to be seen if Cincinnati makes Green available. The same is true of Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders, as Denver has not yet given up on its season.
A trade for Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu is quite possible, per La Canfora, as 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan is familiar with Sanu from their time together in Atlanta. Bears WR Taylor Gabriel is another option Shanahan is familiar with who could be available.
La Canfora says Dolphins WR DeVante Parker would be a fall-back option for San Francisco if none of the other trades materialize. He also adds the team is hoping for further development from second-year WR Dante Pettis.
The trade deadline is Tuesday, October 29.
Green, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Bengals back in 2011. He’s entering the final year of his five-year, $70.176 million contract that included $26.75 million guaranteed and set to make a base salary $11.97 million in 2019.
Green landed on injured reserve last season after undergoing surgery for torn ligaments in his toe. Green also injured his ankle early during training camp and has yet to play this season.
In 2018, Green appeared nine games for the Bengals and caught 46 passes for 694 yards receiving and six touchdowns.
Sanders, 32, is a former third-round pick of the Steelers back in 2010. He played out his rookie contract before signing on with the Broncos back in 2014.
Sanders is entering the final year of his four-year, $38.6 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $10.5 million for the 2019 season.
In 2019, Sanders has appeared in all seven games for the Broncos and caught 30 passes for 367 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Sanu, 29, is a former third-round pick of the Bengals back in 2012. He spent four years in Cincinnati before signing a five-year, $32.5 million contract that included $14 million guaranteed with the Falcons in 2016.
Sanu stands to make base salaries of $6 million and $6.5 million over the final two years of the agreement.
In 2019, Sanu has appeared in six games and caught 32 passes for 310 yards and one touchdown.