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49ers Rumors: SF 'Willing to Listen' on Jeff Wilson After Christian McCaffrey Trade

Erin WalshOctober 28, 2022

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 23: Jeff Wilson Jr. #22 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball in the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Levi's Stadium on October 23, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers are "willing to listen" to offers for running back Jeff Wilson Jr. following the acquisition of Christian McCaffrey, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

San Francisco has received a number of calls on Wilson, Fowler adds, and with a crowded backfield, the team could be motivated to move him for the right return.

Wilson has spent his entire five-year career with the 49ers, and he is amid a respectable 2022 campaign, rushing for 454 yards and two touchdowns on 88 carries in seven games. He has also caught eight passes for 70 yards.

Wilson's best season in San Francisco came in 2020 when he rushed for 600 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games. He also caught 13 passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns.

However, San Francisco might not have as much of a need for Wilson anymore, mainly because of McCaffrey, who will serve as the team's top running back. Aside from McCaffrey and Wilson, the Niners also have Tyrion-Davis Price and Jordan Mason on the roster.

In addition, Elijah Mitchell, who has been sidelined with a sprained MCL, is expected to return to the lineup in the near future.

It's unclear which teams might be interested in adding Wilson. However, the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks could all use some added depth at running back entering the second half of the season.

Star quarterback Josh Allen currently leads the Bills with 257 rushing yards on 47 carries. He has 10 less carries than running back Devin Singletary, who has rushed for 256 yards this season.

Buffalo could use some depth behind Singletary as James Cook and Zach Moss have rushed for just 97 and 91 yards, respectively.

The Rams, meanwhile, are shopping Cam Akers, and they could use some depth behind Darrell Henderson, who leads the team with 181 yards on 46 carries. Aside from Henderson and Akers, the only other running back on the L.A. roster is Malcolm Brown.

The Seahawks could also use some depth behind rookie Kenneth Walker III, who has been elevated to the starting role following an injury to Rashaad Penny. Walker has 67 carries for 410 yards and four touchdowns in six games.

The only other running backs on the Seattle roster are DeeJay Dallas and Tony Jones Jr.

It's unclear if any of those teams are interested in Wilson, especially with the running back market ahead of the trade deadline also expected to include Akers, Kareem Hunt and potentially David Montgomery.

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