5 Realistic Trade Scenarios for San Francisco 49ers to Pursue This Season

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5 Realistic Trade Scenarios for San Francisco 49ers to Pursue This Season
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Could former second-round pick LaMichael James wind up being a trade commodity?

The San Francisco 49ers continue to move through the 2014 offseason asking one proverbial question: How can this team improve en route to wining a Super Bowl?

Fortunately, the majority of the pieces are already in place.  In addition to that, the 49ers will once again take aim via the 2014 NFL draft—using a plethora of picks stockpiled by general manager Trent Baalke.

Then there is always free agency.

Yet another avenue San Francisco may explore this offseason is in the trade market.  While the 49ers are not necessarily known for generating blockbuster trades, they have shown the willingness to execute such deals when pertinent.

Look at last year's transaction with the Kansas City Chiefs for quarterback Alex Smith as an example.  Wide receiver Anquan Boldin is a similar case.

With the 2014 season in mind, what trades could the 49ers realistically execute in order to help answer the question above?

San Francisco will certainly not execute each and every one of these deals, yet one or two of them may put the team in a much better position moving forward—both in 2014 and subsequent seasons.

Let us take a look at five plausible trades the 49ers could make this offseason.  While doing so, we shall consider a number of factors including draft picks, cap hits and roster needs.

After all, those are the primary variables that affect any trade.

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