Lynch said “those are guys we love” and they’re looking forward to having them around.
Michael Lombardi mentions that from his conversations with people around the NFL, the 49ers want to clean up some of their cap issues and have made OLB Dee Ford and LB Kwon Alexander available for trade along with WR Marquise Goodwin and S Jaquiski Tartt.
According to Lombardi, it remains to be seen whether the 49ers will get any takers for these players, but he says that they are available for the right price.
Beyond that, the 49ers are also open to trading down from their two first-round picks, so the 49ers are clearly one of the teams to watch in the coming days in terms of potential trades.
Ford’s contract makes him more likely to be traded than Alexander, considering that San Francisco would take close to a $9 million cap hit to trade him right now.
Ford, 29, was taken with the No. 23 overall pick by the Chiefs back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $8.158 million rookie contract when the Chiefs picked up his fifth-year option and later traded him to the 49ers for a 2020 second-round pick.
The 49ers then signed Ford to a five-year, $87.55 million contract. He’s owed a $13,650,000 fully guaranteed base salary for the 2020 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Ford would free up $9,512,500 of available cap space while creating $6.4 million in dead money.
In 2019, Ford appeared in 11 games for the 49ers and recorded 14 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass defense.
Alexander, 25, is a former fourth-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2015. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2,758,320 contract before agreeing to a four-year contract worth $54 million with the 49ers in 2019.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Alexander would result in a $8,967,742 cap hit and $13,540,511 in dead money.
In 2019, Alexander appeared in eight games for the 49ers and recorded 34 tackles, a half sack, an interception, a forced fumble and four pass defenses.
We’ll have more regarding the 49ers and potential trades as the news is available.