The San Francisco 49ers are currently at the bottom of the NFC West standings with a 1-6 record and they might be sellers at the trade deadline. The latest NFL rumors imply that the 49ers could trade veteran offensive tackle Joe Staley to the New England Patriots.
According to Mike Florio of NBC Sports, the 49ers have made Staley available for trade before the November 1 trade deadline. San Francisco is rumored to be looking for a first-round draft pick for the 32-year-old offensive tackle and many contenders are interested in acquiring him.
Some of the teams mentioned in the report that could be interested are the Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots were also mentioned as a possible trade destination but they might not be willing to let go of a first rounder.
Will Brinson of CBS Sports noted that the New England is interested in Joe Staley but they are not willing to give up a first round or even a second round draft pick. The Patriots value their draft picks too much to trade for a veteran.
Joe Staley has a contract until the 2019 season wherein he has a base salary of $5.4 million this season but it goes up to $8.25 million next year. At his age, he only has two to three good years left before father time finally catches up with him.
The 32-year-old is a five-time Pro Bowl selection from 2011 to 2015 and a second-time All-Pro from 2011 to 2013. Despite the rumored interest from teams such as the Patriots, 49ers head coach Chip Kelly insisted that Staley is not going anywhere.
“No one’s ever talked to me or had discussions with me about Joe being traded. We need Joe here. “I’m not in charge of the overall roster. I’ll give my weigh-in and weigh in where everybody is. But my point to that thing is we’ve never had a conversation about that, and we talk about everything on a daily basis. That’s never come up,” Kelly said, via CSN Bay Area.
It should be noted that these are just NFL rumors at the moment and should be taken with a grain of salt. The Patriots might be interested in Joe Staley but they are unlikely to make a deal before the deadline unless Marcus Cannon or Nate Solder gets injured against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
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